Deporting violent criminals is a key part of President Trump’s immigration policy. However, there’s a piece of legislation that could seriously hamper his efforts.
Called the New Way Forward Act, it was introduced by House Democrat Jesus Garcia and has support from people like Ilhan Omar. Last week, Fox News personality Tucker Carlson covered the details on his show.
They aren’t good.
“It’s literally impossible to describe just how radical this bill is,” Carlson began. “If passed, it would remake our immigration system for the express purpose of allowing foreign-born criminals to live here.”
“The bill would allow people who have committed serious felonies in other countries to move to the United States legally,” he continued. “It would make it nearly impossible for federal immigration officials to detain immigrants, no matter potentially dangerous they are.”
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“And, perhaps most infuriatingly and remarkably, it would require tax payers to transport deported criminals back into the United States. In other words, you break our laws, you hurt our people, we’ll send you a plane ticket–we’ll pay for you to come back,” the conservative host concluded.
Carlson isn’t exaggerating, as the bill would amend Section 237(a)(2) of the Immigration and Nationality Act so that “crimes of moral turpitude” are no long grounds for deportation or refusal of entry. The US Customs and Immigration Services defines such crimes as “conduct that shocks the public conscience as being inherently base, vile, or depraved, contrary to the rules of morality and the duties owed between man and man, either one’s fellow man or society in general.”
What's more, only those aliens who have been imprisoned five years or more would be eligible for removal. Keep in mind that many violent criminals often end up serving just a couple of years behind bars.
The bill would also decriminalize unauthorized entry, including for those who were already kicked out. But as Carlson noted, it doesn't stop there: under a provision called "Right To Come Home," previously deported aliens would be able to return to the US at taxpayer expense.
It states, "The Secretary of Homeland Security shall provide transportation for aliens eligible for reopening or reconsideration of their proceedings under this section, at Government expense, to return to the United States for further immigration proceedings and shall admit or parole the alien into the United States."
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If the legislation had been in effect in 2014, the government would have had to bring Luis Bracamontes back into the country. Bracamontes had been deported after being sentenced to three years probation on drug and weapons charges. He later re-entered illegally and murdered two police officers.
Yet while the New Way Forward Act might seem absurd, it has no shortage of supporters, with at least forty-four Democratic co-sponsors lining up. One of them is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said last year that "all people should be free to be here and in our communities."
While I doubt that many foreign criminals will be moving into her neighborhood, she has no problem with them coming into yours.
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