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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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2 years ago

This bill is NOT a good option!!! What are these unrealistic Politicians thinking!!!? this action would invite more illegal criminal aliens to come to US Ie there would be Zero accountability or most importantly no consequences for the horrendous crimes being committed Are these lawmakers able to make Sane decisions!!!!!!!!! They are truly NOT concerned about American safey!!!!!!! They should be removed from their positions!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 years ago

It is the duty of the House & Senate to pass immigration reform , before it becomes a problem like is happening due to immigrant influx in some other countries. In the USA, why are we allowing MS-13 members to live & operate here when our govt. is aware of their presence>>> How did they get in & do you want them for your neighbor>>

2 years ago

I just copied the link to this article and sent it to my two Senators with a request that they do anything and everything they could to make sure this ridiculous piece of legislation never passes. The fact that it is even being considered shows how scary and desperate the Democratic party has become. They want voters – and they are willing to flood the US with illegals and criminals in order to insure that they do not lose their grip on power. Isn’t it strange that they want to help illegals but are all for killing the most innocent American citizens before they can even take a breath? Vote them out on every level of Government. And GOD bless the USA!

Jack Thomas
2 years ago

“The Way Forward Act” (H.R. 5383, 116th Congress, introduced Dec. 10, 2019) is really “The Way Backward Act.” It makes a mockery of the rule of law. It is an egregiously anti-American, self-serving instrument designed for the sole benefit of the Democratic Party. Rep. Jesus Garcia and his 43 co-sponsors are seriously misguided in promoting the notion that current U.S. Immigration policies are “racist.” Playing the ‘race card’ is all the Democrats and their media puppets can do because they simply won’t admit that the illegals pouring into our country are fleeing failed socialist nations. Why else would they want to come here if this were not the case? And yet, the Democratic Party is embracing many of the same radical socialist ideas that have been the downfall of Cuba, Venezuela, Honduras, El Salvador, etc. This clearly isn’t a head scratcher: the Democratic Party is deliberately trying to transform America into what it was never intended to become. Federal legislation that gives a green light to more illegal immigration; that effectively abolishes ICE; that ties the hands of immigration judges; that extends an open invitation to criminal aliens (not to mention terrorists) to return to the United States — jeopardizing our national security and economic interests — is pure insanity that must be resolutely resisted at the ballot box by voting these dangerous radical Democrats out of office in November.

God bless America!

2 years ago

The question is why aren’t the House and Senate reps who represent us talking in public about this travesty of a bill? Are they afraid of being attacked as “racist”? They need to take a page from our brave President’s book and come out strongly against this complete injustice to the American people. It sometimes seems we’ve hired a bunch of weaklings to represent us..we need warriors and we have weaklings…sad.

2 years ago

And I’d bet that the citizens would still need a passport to go back home after visiting abroad.

2 years ago

NO NO AND NO I do NOT support legislature that abolished Ice. And that decriminalizes actions of illegal immigrants. LET’S GET REAL FOLKS IF U COMMIT A CRIME U DESERVE Punishment!!!!!!

2 years ago

More and more each day I worry for our country and our people. I pray every day
For our Republic and the safety of our
Great President.

Linda M
2 years ago

Have we lost our minds?

Sharon Boyd
2 years ago

I pray that this Nov election keeps our President that protect all legal Americans. This article really scares me..

Jean Allen
2 years ago

Yet another reason to NEVER vote for a Democrat again…if you ever did!

Connie Nightwine
2 years ago

Totally a criminal act towards American citizens-whoever stands up for this should be prosecuted!!

Louie Rey
2 years ago

The Democratic Party is BY FAR the most anti-American party that has ever existed in this country. They have absolutely no idea what it means to be an AMERICAN citizen. They claim that no one is above the law including President Trump but they want to place ILLEGAL aliens above the law. What part of ILLEGAL do they not understand? That sound you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.

Keith H
2 years ago


Josephine Pooley
2 years ago

Further emphasizes how out of touch with America the Democrats really are! Wake up America!

Randy Geiger
2 years ago

Waiting for a response from my Democratic rep on this legislation. Have told him that this is just another reason why our family fears the Democratic Party. Have also told him that there are informed and educated constituents in his district. He, Vicente Gonzalez has yet to endorse the bill, we know it is just a matter of time since our district goes to the Rio Grande Valley and the reason he was elected. More illegal immigrants means more Democrats. That is unacceptable. We need to get out and vote and prevent this pathetic legislation from ever becoming law. GO TRUMP!

Dr. Bruce
2 years ago

This is insane!

2 years ago

This is insane. Health care to illegal aliens when the country has all it can do to provide health care to American citizens. And many of these people don’t speak English. How do they get jobs? Oh, I guess they will go on welfare. And please do ‘t tell me they will get Social Security, something they never paid into. What is happening to this country? Where do these crazy people think the money is coming from? And then they will blame the deficit on the President. It needs to stop. Please, do something to stop this insanity. Close the borders like Australia.

2 years ago

Another idiot dense oc rat with too much power.I live in the god forsaken state of Illinois and hope that this sick state isn’t a poster child for AMERICA.Illinois IS doom and gloom for it’s downstate residents.

Lawrence Greenberg
2 years ago

Anyone who supports this bill should be charged with treason.

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