Our nation has grappled with the difficult issue of immigration for hundreds of years, struggling to manage the sometimes rapid change in demographics. Throughout the decades, we have wrestled with a profound question: How do we protect our citizens and remain a nation of laws while respecting the inherent dignity of each human person?
U.S. Catholic bishops have long supported comprehensive measures in Congress that take into consideration the significant nuances of immigration policy, and offer a balance of mercy and compassion with the rule of law.
In particular, we must recognize and proclaim the need to welcome young people: “Whoever welcomes one of these children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me” (Mark 9:37).
With the end approaching of an order that protects children from deportation (DACA), it is imperative we find a legislative solution that strikes that proper balance.
U.S. Sen. James Lankford’s newly-introduced SUCCEED Act offers us an opportunity for a critical, initial solution that addresses the needs of these children while our nation’s leaders work to confront the many components of federal immigration law in need of repair.