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.

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