What Alexander Hamilton and Pope Francis Share on Immigration

Millennial writer Christopher White has a new article at Crux. He writes:

Today Europe faces a crisis on a scale never before seen—and the latest numbers reveal the situation to be getting worse. The month before Pope Francis traveled to Lesbos, almost 9,600 migrants attempted to cross the Mediterranean into Italy, more than four times as many as March of 2015.

Over the past year, over one million refugees have flooded into Europe. These displaced families are fleeing war-torn countries, persecution, and seeking greater opportunities on a continent that has been hesitant to accept them.

Moments before leaving Rome for to Greece, Pope Francis tweeted: “Refugees are not numbers, they are people who have faces, names, stories, and need to be treated as such.”…

The story of Hamilton, both in biography and on the Broadway stage, has softened the hearts of many to rediscover a life almost forgotten. By turning the attention of the world to the millions of migrants with similar stories, Francis is aiming for a related outcome.

“History has its eyes on you,” echoes one of the final refrains of Hamilton. This is not merely a statement about the show’s leading man; it’s one that turns us toward the present.

You can read the full article here.