The Right Path

By OCPA President Jonathan Small

While Americans have different views about what ’s to be done with those who have come to our country illegally, most are open to some form of leniency for those brought here as children. Oklahoma’s U.S. Sen. James Lankford has offered a sensible proposal to address that issue.

Sen. Lankford’s SUCCEED Act would declare that children brought here before June 15, 2012, under the age of 16 could be granted conditional residency. If they attend school, work or serve in the military, and avoid criminal acts, they’d receive permanent status after 10 years and then be eligible for full citizenship in an additional five years.

This is a sensible compromise for those young people granted an open-ended, but legally dubious, deferment from the enforcement of immigration laws by former President Obama’s 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order.

 

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