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‘The Most Radical Piece of Immigration Legislation’: Experts, GOP React To Democratic ‘New Way Forward’ Bill

immigration AmericansImmigration experts and House Republicans are balking at the New Way Forward Act, a Democratic bill that is being described as an embrace of “open borders” and likely to be the most “radical” legislation ever introduced in history.

Democratic Illinois Rep. Jesús García, along with several other progressive House members, introduced the New Way Forward Act in December 2019, to seemingly little fanfare. The bill, among many things, calls for the decriminalization of illegal immigration, would make it more difficult to deport convicted criminal aliens, empower immigration judges to nullify deportation orders, and also calls for the return of previously deported illegal aliens.

Not to be considered a fringe bill that is attracting scant support, the New Way Forward Act has so far garnered 43 co-sponsors since it was rolled out late in 2019.

The legislation’s growing popularity has since caught the attention of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who on Thursday night dived into the intricacies of the roughly 4,400-worded bill, and said its ramifications, if passed, could be as impactful to the country as the U.S. Constitution.

Several immigration experts, and also the leader of the House GOP Conference, have since spoken to the Daily Caller News Foundation about the bill.

“The New Way Forward Act is arguably the most radical piece of immigration legislation in American history. The act shields criminal illegal aliens from deportation, decriminalizes illegal entry, and creates a pathway for deported illegal aliens to return back to the U.S.,” said Matthew Tragesser, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).

“It’s clear that House Democrats care more about illegal aliens than law-abiding Americans and view criminals as victims,” Tragesser added.

The decriminalization of illegal immigration was already becoming a more mainstream position with the Democratic Party. In fact, before the introduction of the bill, Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren both came out in support of the proposal. Sanders, a clear frontrunner in the nomination contest, has also voiced support for virtually ceasing all deportations.

The New Way Forward, however, takes these positions even farther.

Under the auspices of the bill, minimum prison sentences that require deportation would rise from one year to five years. This could mean that illegal aliens who are convicted of crimes such as car theft, weapons offenses and fraud — all crimes that carry average sentences of less than five years, according to Bureau of Justice Statistics — would not be required to be removed from the country.

Additionally, the legislation calls for the widespread return of criminal illegal aliens who have been previously deported from the country. Any illegal aliens deported since April 1996 — if they would have otherwise been considered undeportable under the terms of this bill — would be allowed to come back to the U.S.

“Make no mistake: House Democrats have embraced open borders policies,” Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, leader of the House Republican caucus, told the DCNF.

“The ideas included in this radical bill, on top of their plans to give free health care to illegal immigrants and abolish ICE, all would jeopardize the security of the nation and reward people who cross the border illegally. On so many important issues, House Democrats have adopted an extreme and socialist agenda that’s wrong for the country,” Cheney continued.

She added: “Every day they show the American people why they cannot be trusted with power.”

The DCNF reached out to Garcia, who introduced the bill, but his office did not response to a request for inquiry.

In a December 2019 press release touting the New Way Forward, Garcia hailed it as a way to “disrupt the prison to deportation pipeline,” and that it “corrects racial and anti-immigrant injustices embedded in our immigration laws.”

In a separate document pushed by Garcia’s office, it’s stated that the laws that made unauthorized entry into the U.S. a federal crime were “born from white supremacist ideology and politics.”

Scrutiny of the bill came after President Donald Trump used his 2020 State of the Union address to highlight the dangers of not enforcing illegal immigration, touting the need for local authorities to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and brining a special guest whose brother died from an illegal alien who had been previously released from local custody.

The president, during his address, also touted a GOP bill in the Senate that would allow victims of illegal alien crime to sue states that released the alien in defiance of an ICE detainer.

“Democrats in the House have prioritized open borders over the safety of citizens and legal law abiding immigrants,” Marguerite Telford, a spokeswoman for the Center for Immigration Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based immigration think tank, said in a statement to the DCNF.

Like the president, Telford also compared Democratic immigration priories with that of GOP lawmakers.

“Contrast that with most Republicans who are worried about safety and focus on sanctuary jurisdictions, driver’s license laws, knowing who is crossing our border … and the rule of law in general,” she continued. “For example, Rep. Gosar has the Criminal Alien Removal Clarification Act which stands in stark contrast to the New Way bill.”

Reprinted with permission from - Daily Caller - by Jason Hopkins

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9 months ago

By now every vote for a Democrat is a vote against America.

9 months ago

This just shows how important to take the House back and strengthen the Senate and to reelect Trump . Get rid of the Romney rhinos too.

9 months ago

The Democrat controlled House of Representatives has been churning out numerous bills along these very same lines since they regained control of the House in the 2018 elections. So far with a Republican controlled Senate and threat of a veto from President Trump should any such legislation reach his desk, this has simply been nothing more than just endless examples of the direction the Democrats would take this country should they regain power. The legislation described in this article is simply what the Democrats really believe in, as it would facilitate their goals for this nation and all its people.… Read more »

Patrick Mouton
9 months ago

New Way Forward bill need to be STOPPED at all cost. People need to read this bill.

Alfonso Bedoya
9 months ago

WE have been on the path to total Communism, and if this bill passes, we will be there totally. What are the Demorats THINKING, other than to completely ruin the country? The bill makes NO sense, and is in fact designed to drastically increase the crime rate, since it is nothing less than an open invitation for every criminal and crime gang in the world to enter our country.

You had better write a stronly-worded letter to you Congressmen and women, or suffer the consequences.

9 months ago

I hope it come to the House Floor for a vote. Great way to get back the 20 some seats lost in the 2018 election that had previously been Trump districts‼️? It will make great election ads for conservatives

Paul W
9 months ago

While this atrocity will never be signed into law, as long as DJT is the president (wouldn’t even get through the Senate), every House Rep. that puts their name on it should be expelled from Congress and brought up on charges of sedition. Enough of the stinkin’ shredding the laws of the land. It’s way past time to put a stop to these idiots!

don Balderrama
9 months ago

The sad part is that most people don’t know or care about what these so-called Progressives are planning to do to our country
God help us.

David Millikan
9 months ago

This legislation is an ACT of TREASON. It WOULD DESTROY the UNITED STATES of AMERICA which is what the SOCIALIST FASCIST liberals want.

9 months ago

The proper name should be the Democrat Party. NOT the Democratic Party, which they are not.

Ramblin Rogue
9 months ago

This is exactly why Republicans need to gain control of the House of Representatives back from the Regressive Left, before they can do anymore damage to our Republic!! Legislation like this and the Green New Deal are HUGE mistakes no matter how much they ‘spin’ the news!! God Bless the USA

John Karkalis
9 months ago

I wondered how long it would be before the champions of this law came up with the race card. The invoking of “white racist supremacy” is an immediate turnoff for me. The “decriminalization of the illegal “? Nonsense! If it is “illegal” then in my book it’s “criminal”. Have you noticed how the liberal left has turned the English language on its head to advance their agenda. Would it not be considerate of the champions of this goofy legislation to ask the good people of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona what they think of this? They are on the front… Read more »

Stephen Russell
9 months ago

Its Old way Backward toward Old Russia & China & change nation for worst. Vote No
Seed for sure for Civil War IF passed??

T Taylor
9 months ago

To open the boarder will cause calamity; it will give terrorist and drug dealers easy access. Our border is sovereign and needs to be secured just as it is in any other country. I have an idea if the Democrats want an open border then why not just precure Mexico as our fifty-first state?

Paul DAscenz
9 months ago

This is another attempt by the Evil Democratic Socialists to undermine the President. No open Borders! Trump 2020!

ahem tonto
9 months ago

I have contacted my congressmen and the President’s office to voice my opposition to this Draconian left wing proposal to increase the rolls of democrat and socialist voters.

Marcella Covault
9 months ago

This may pass the House, but it’ll never get through the Senate or the White House. I’d bet that McConnell doesn’t even introduce it.

9 months ago

If this bill is passed it will be the end of our United States.Who do we contact to stop it?

9 months ago

This bill will continue to divide this country between the useless, ignorant radicals and the Civilized American citizens. I about time the constituent of these useless politicians are voted out of office before this country collapses.

Jon Kirsch
9 months ago

They are “balking” at it???? They need to be STOPPING it, not balking at it! Every immigrant here illegally has already broke the law and should be banned permanently for disrespecting our laws.

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