OK Catholic bishops praise Lankford's Succeed Act
Leaders of the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma recently praised a recent measure introduced by U.S. Sen. James Lankford as a "legislative remedy" for children of immigrants.
Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, drafted the measure, entitled the Succeed Act, following President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the previous administration’s executive action known as the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.
The Succeed, co-authored by Lankford and Sen. Thom Tillis, R-North Carolina, is designed to provide a remedy to the DACA regulation, which Attorney General Jeff Sessions has indicated would not be defensible in federal court. Among the bill’s provisions are a reprieve from the threat of deportation for children 16 and younger and older children who have demonstrated a track record of positive contributions to their communities.
“The Catholic bishops of the United States have long supported responsible measures in Congress that take into consideration the significant nuances of immigration policy and, in particular, offer a balance of respect for the rule of law with our nation’s long history of respect for human dignity," the Most. Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Oklahoma City archdiocese, said in a news release.
"We believe Sen. Lankford’s measure meets that criterion as a first step toward mending our broken immigration system.”
The Most Rev. David A. Konderla, bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, said it is important to recognize both the practical and political realities in Congress that require a comprehensive approach to the problems of U.S. immigration law.
"The Succeed Act offers an opportunity for a critical initial solution in what will almost certainly be a very long process of addressing the many components of federal law in need of repair. The bill also takes into account the human element in that the nearly one million DACA youth, though not in the United States legally, have no knowledge or experience of any other country," Konderla said in a news release.
"It encourages their continued participation and contribution to our nation as they seek to reach the fullness of their God-given potential.”
Coakley added additional comments.
“U.S. Catholic bishops have supported the long-term aim of measures like the DREAM (Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act) Act," he said.
"However, we recognize that oftentimes smaller legislative gains can be as important as those presented by more comprehensive measures. Senators Lankford and Tillis have taken this reality into account with the Succeed Act."
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