New Way Forward Act

This act says that illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes should be allowed to stay in the U.S.

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At this moment there’s a bill pending in the Congress called the New Way Forward Act. It’s received almost no publicity and that’s unfortunate as well as revealing. The legislation is sponsored by 44 House Democrats including Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. There is roughly 4,400 words long. That means it’s almost exactly as long as the U.S. Constitution. Like the Constitution, it’s designed to create a whole new country. The bill would entirely remake our immigration system with the explicit purpose of ensuring that criminals are able to move the United States and settle here permanently with immunity. They may think were exaggerating for effect, but we’re not, not even a little bit. The New Way Forward Act is the single most radical piece of legislation we have seen proposed in this country, ever. It makes the green new deal look like the status quo. The documents says this and and we’re quoting it verbatim, quote convictions should not lead to deportation end quote. Keep in mind, were not talking about convictions for double parking or even for DUI. The bill targets felony convictions, serious crimes that could send you to prison for years and should.

A press release from Congressman Jesus Garcia of Illinois is explicit about this. Garcia brags, the bill will break the quote prison to deportation pipeline quote. Something most of us are for. How does the bill do that? Under current U.S. law, illegal U.S. immigrants can be deported if they commit a crime quote aggravated felony or crime of moral turpitude. That is a vile or depraved act like molesting children. Under the New Way Forward Act, crimes of moral turpitude are eliminated entirely as justification for deportation and the category of aggravated felony gets eliminated to. So what does this mean? Consider this, under current law immigrants who commit serious crimes, robbery, to fraud, to child sexual abuse must be deported regardless of the sentences they receive. Other crimes less severe ones, like racketeering, require deportation if the perpetrator receives at least a one-year sentence. Under this bill there would no longer be any crime that automatically requires deportation. None. And one crime, falsifying a passport would be made immune from deportation no matter what, because apparently 9/11 never even happened and we no longer care about fake government documents. By the way, if you just to renewed your driver’s license comply with the real ID act you must feel like an idiot, because immigrants are getting a pass and you’re not. For crimes that would still allow deportation the required prison sentence would rise from one year to five years.

We checked the Bureau of Justice statistics. According to Federal data crimes like car theft, fraud and weapons offenses average prison sentences of fewer than five years. That’s looking at averages. People who commit rape, child abuse, even manslaughter, get sentences would remain in this country. and, of course, they will be with fewer that five years. Lots of them, actually. If the New Way Forward Act passes, immigrants who commit those crimes and receive those sentences would remain in this country and, of course, they will be eligible for citizenship day one, too, of course. But even that is understating the law’s effect. Even a 5 year prison sentence wouldn’t necessarily be enough to trigger deportation. The Bill would grant sweeping new powers to immigration judges allowing them to nullify a deportation order. The only requirements that is, quote the immigration judge finds such an exercise of discretion appropriate and pursuant of humanitarian purposes, to ensure family unity or when it is otherwise in the public interest. Talk about open-ended. In other words anti-American immigration judges, and there are a lot of those in this country, would have a blank check to open the borders. You would not be voting on this. It would happen anyway.

Is this shocking you yet? Because we’re just getting started. We read this proposed legislation. Here’s another point. Current U.S. law makes drug addiction grounds for deportation because why wouldn’t it? This bill would eliminate that statue. Current law also states that those who committed drug crimes abroad or, quote any crimes involving moral turpitude to immigrate here. The New Way Forward Act abolished that statue. So a Mexican drug cartel leader could be released from prison then freely come to America immediately. If he wants to come here illegally and still wouldn’t be a crime because, and you are waiting for this part, the bill also decriminalizes illegal entry into America. Even by those we’ve previously deported. In other words, you break our law, we send you out. You come back, you break it again, you can stay.

According to a document promoting this bill, criminalizing illegal entry into America is quote white supremacist, thats a quote, white supremacist. By this point you are beginning to wonder, are we making this up? Were not making it up. In fact we’re only half way through the bill. The legislation doesn’t just make it harder to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes. It doesn’t just make it easier for criminals to move here illegally, though it does both. The bill would also effectively abolish all law enforcement against illegal immigration. To detain illegal immigrants ice would have to prove in court that they are dangerous or a flight risk, but, of course, ICE wouldn’t be allowed to use a detainee’s prior criminal behavior as proof of danger, that’s band. ICE would have to overcome even more hurtles if the detainee claims to be gay or transgender, if you’re under 21 or if they can’t speak English and an interpreter isn’t immediately available, they get a pass. In other words, it would be much harder to arrest an illegal alien in this country, than it is to arrest you. They are the protected class here. You’re just some loser who’s paying for it all.

But believe it or not, we’ve saved the nuttiest part of this legislation for last and here’s what it is. What can be more destructive than changing U.S. law specifically to allow rapist, child molesters, and drug dealers to stay in America? How about this? Using taxpayer money to bring deported criminals back into America. That’s right, This bill would not only abolish your right to control who lives in your country, but it invents a brand new right, the right to come home. It orders the government to create a quote pathway for those previously deported to apply to return to their homes and families in the United States as long as they would have been eligible to stay under the new law. It’s retroactive, in other words. DHS must spend tax payer dollars transporting convicted criminal illegal aliens back into the United States. Not making this up. So, who would be eligible for these flights? Tens of thousands of people we kicked out of all county for all kinds of crimes, sexual abuse, robbery, assault, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, human trafficking. From 2002 to 2018, 480,000 people were deported for illegal entry or re-entry into America. And under this bill you have to buy each of them a plane ticket to come home. Those tickets alone would cost about a billion dollars and that’s before Democrats make you start paying for these criminals free healthcare too, which they plan to do, and have said so.

The New Way Forward Act fundamentally inverts every assumption you have about this country. Under this legislation the criminals are not the victims. Law enforcement isn’t legitimate. It’s racist just like you are, and the only solution to get rid of both. America would be better off as a borderless rest stop for the world predators and parasites. That’s the point of this. And we’re not overstating this. Go read it. This is a big deal. This is not a small thing. This is not renaming a post office.

It’s hard to believe any American would put these ideas on paper much, less try to pass them into law, and yet remarkably, that’s happening and even more remarkably, the press has ignored this. This isn’t happening in secret, its happening in the House Representatives. Scores of Democrats have backed this bill. But the legislation has not been mentioned in the New York Times. It hasn’t been mentioned on CNN news channel or even and self-described conservative outlets like National Review. No mention. Consider if this were working the other way. If a lone, I don’t know, Republican state legislator from Minot North Dakota had propose a bill this extreme, that would remake America completely, the president himself would be expected to answer for it. CNN would demand that he disavow it even if he’d never heard of it before. But when 1/5 of the entire Democratic caucus backs a bill demanding that you import illegal alien felons and then pay for it, it’s a non-event in the American media. They don’t think you should know about it, and that’s dangerous, if we’re being honest. Whether the press cares or not, these are the stakes of the 2020 election, and you have a right to know what they are. A growing wing of the democratic party views America itself as essentially illegitimate, a rogue state, in which everything must be destroyed and remade, our laws, our institutions, our customs, our freedoms, our history, our values, and of course that’s the point of all of this, an entirely new country in which resistance is crushed and they’re in charge forever.

PDF file of the New Way Forward Act

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Text of the New Way Forward Act

“It’s time to end the criminalization of immigration”

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representatives Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Karen Bass (CA-37), and 30 Members of Congress, alongside over 145 advocacy organizations and community representatives, introduced the New Way Forward Act, a landmark piece of legislation to restore due process to the immigration system and disrupt the prison to deportation pipeline. The bill corrects racial and anti-immigrant injustices embedded in our immigration laws, many of which have enabled the Trump Administration’s inhumane assault on non-citizens in the United States and at our southern border. 

You can find background on the bill here

Additionally, you can find a section-by section document of the bill here

“Too many families in Chicago and around the country have been torn apart by cruel immigration policies.” Rep. García said. “Imagine living with the constant fear of being detained anywhere and deported at any time simply because you fled violence and sought refuge in the U.S. We must end the labels of the ‘good’ versus ‘bad’ immigrant used to dehumanize and divide communities. An attack on one community is an affront to us all. I am proud to introduce the New Way Forward Act to disrupt the prison to deportation pipeline, give all immigrants the dignity of due process, and ensure America remains a nation that welcomes all.”

 “For those of us living in the Massachusetts 7th Congressional District, a district that is over 30% immigrant, we know firsthand that the cruel and xenophobic policies coming out of this White House have destabilized families and stoked fear in immigrant communities far beyond the Southern border,” said Rep. Pressley. “Our immigration and criminal injustice systems are deeply and fundamentally intertwined—and have contributed to our nation’s mass incarceration crisis. I am immensely proud to cosponsor the New Way Forward Act – bold legislation that actualizes the values we espouse by keeping families together, advancing racial justice, and protecting due process for everyone, including immigrants.”

 “Our current system of treating immigrants as disposable, unredeemable and subject to deportation after they have completed their sentences did not begin with President Trump. Entire generations of new Americans know the criminal legal and immigration systems are plagued with biased policing, overzealous detention and surveillance policies, and high incarceration rates,” Rep. Pramila Jayapal said. “As one of 14 naturalized citizens in Congress, I am proud to co-lead the New Way Forward Act, which aims to restore due process for immigrants by ending detention without bail, separating local policing from immigration enforcement, and repealing laws that make migration a crime. New Americans deserve the same rights and dignity as native-born Americans — a chance to make their own American dream a reality and contribute meaningfully to their communities without fear.”

 “I’m proud to support this bill to push back on mass incarceration by ending mandatory immigration detention and banning for-profit immigration jails,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “The New Way Forward Act helps restore the fundamental principles of due process in our immigration system, which has been cruel and imbalanced. Thank you to my colleagues for leading this important effort.”

For too long, unjust, anti-immigrant laws including racialized laws dating back to the 1920s criminalizing migration and the 1996 laws that entangle our civil immigration system with our broken criminal legal system have led to overly harsh punishments and the mass criminalization of immigrants. These laws have resulted in mass incarceration and deportations, separation of families, stripping people of due process and exacerbating racial animus in both our immigration and criminal legal systems. The New Way Forward Act recognizes that all our communities deserve dignity, restoration and repair, not further criminalization.

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