(NEWSER) – A determined 5-year-old girl managed to hand-deliver a plea for help to Pope Francis as his procession passed through Washington. After Sophie Cruz slipped past a barricade, Francis waved away security and had her brought to him, the New York Times reports.

They embraced and she handed him a letter asking him to help her Mexican immigrant parents stay in the country. Sophie, a US citizen, was part of a church group from Los Angeles,BuzzFeed reports. She also gave Francis a T-shirt reading, in Spanish, "Papa Rescue DAPA," referring to President Obama's stalled plan for deferred deportation.

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