'New Way Forward Act' Would Decriminalize Unlawful Entry To U.S.

Sandy Malone

Democrats have proposed a bill that would basically change all of U.S. policy and make the entire country a sanctuary.

Washington, DC – Democratic pro-immigration lawmakers have introduced a bill that would abolish the current immigration system and make it easier for criminal illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.

House Resolution 5383 - known as the “New Way Forward Act” - was sponsored by U.S. Representative Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Illinois) and cosponsored by 43 other Democratic members of Congress, The Hill reported.

The legislation would make it very difficult for federal immigration officials to detain criminal illegal immigrants and would allow people who have committed serious crimes in other countries to move to the United States legally.

Acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf told FOX News that the proposed bill would effectively make the United States a sanctuary nation.

“It would be very dangerous for our country, dangerous for our communities,” Wolf said. “Again, you would have hardened criminals being able to come into the country illegally. We would have no ability to enforce that law and deport them. And so basically your sanctuary city policies that we have in effect around the country in several jurisdictions would become nationwide. And that may be the end result at the end of the day.”

Implementation of such a law would also swamp the already beleaguered court system and would use U.S. tax dollars to bring deported criminals back into the country, according to The Hill.

"So envision a world where individuals no longer have to wait in line for visas,” Wolf told FOX News. “They can come across the border, it's no longer [criminal] to do that. They can then come into the system. We can't deport them because we can't hold people, it essentially abolishes ICE.”

"And then on top of all of that, going back 25 years, we then have to find folks, bring them back into the country [and] re-litigate their immigration proceedings,” he added.

"So if you're looking for a way to abolish our immigration system, abolish ICE and just rewrite our immigration code completely, this would be the legislation for you,” Wolf said.

The New Way Forward Act would repeal laws that make coming into the country unlawfully a crime and repeals laws that make coming back to the United States after deportation a crime.

Although those specific laws are the main deterrent to illegal entries into the United States, the new legislation doesn’t propose any replacement for them, The Hill reported.

U.S. Representative Ted Budd (R-North Carolina) made an impassioned speech on the House floor after the New Way Forward Act was introduced and said the legislation made a mockery out of U.S. immigration.

"Legal immigration is what makes our country great," Budd said. "But we cannot pass bills like this one that incentivizes more people to come here illegally or poses no penalty on those who commit serious crimes."

Garcia’s legislation would create a five-year statute of limitations beyond which the initiation of removal proceedings would be prohibited and repeal a law that requires mandatory detention for deportable illegal immigrants who have committed specific criminal offenses.

"I think the idea here is that somehow, even though they go through the due process, even though they have a legitimate order from an immigration judge, that they have no legal right to be here, that they need to be deported, they need to return home somehow, that's not good enough," the DHS secretary said. "Somehow we've stacked the deck against them. And so you need to bring them back, re-litigate them, provide them [with] attorneys at government expense."

The proposed legislation would also eliminated federally-funded programs that help local law enforcement agencies work more effectively with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and prohibit state and local police from assisting ICE with enforcement, according to The Hill.

"It's very dangerous. I would say it completely guts our immigration enforcement system that we have in place," Wolf told FOX News." "It also... just from a pure legality perspective, it just guts the rule of law."

Comments (35)
Cop Watch
Cop Watch

not going to happen! we need to take care OUR people first! the poor, homeless, disabled, those that can't get jobs because big corp sent the jobs to China!
i have a real simple immigration reform...............

No. 1-28
reverett456117502
reverett456117502

DON'T LET IT HAPPEN AMERICA!!!!!!

DR226
DR226

What's next, disarming the military? Who elects these fools? I think the districts these members of Congress represent should have their voter registries investigated for ineligible voters.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I honestly haven't been able to figure out whether this is a complete farce by those who KNOW it has zero chance of becoming law yet who wrote it anyway in order to appease their crazed Leftist constituents, or if the ones who wrote/sponsored this piece of shockingly terrible legislation ACTUALLY believe in it.

I suppose it's probably both to a degree, which is both depressing and hilarious at the same time!

Cduncanf
Cduncanf

Welcome to the United States of Venezuela. Are these legislators devoid of any brain cells at all?

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

Write your state representative and both state senators and ask them to fight against this ridiculous bill. It’s easy to do. Google “state representative and your zip code” and they’ll have a website and it’ll include how to contact them through email. Usually they have a list of subject matter. Each response they receive is viewed as a widespread opinion from their constituents. If you live in a liberal state, it’s even more important to voice your objection to this crazy bill and I’m sorry you live amongst the insane.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

How to destroy America in one easy lesson.....vote democrat ! This is freaking unbelievable that this is even being considered !

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

Then write or call your legislators asking them to put forth a bill allowing citizens full unfettered rights under the 2nd Amendment with access to fully automatic weapons. I bet this even things up a notch or two.

Gramercy
Gramercy

The "New Way Forward Act" is stepping us back in time...and opening up our country to ALL PEOPLE....having just shared pictures of North Korea, I can only imagine what this country would look like and be like it that Act is voted "IN." I have asked my representative and senators to VOTE NO FOR THE ACT! This is just too serious to negate and neglect!!!!! Get your reps voting, People!

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

These Democrats have lost there minds but if you look at the rep. Name that purposed the bill it makes since to him lol hopefully before this can pass the Republicans can keep getting it put off until after the elections and hopefully the Republicans will take back the house so we can stop a lot of this witch hunting for the president and will keep the Senate!

JBoH
JBoH

This is open borders by the correct name...not this "feel good" name.

Marxest
Marxest

No. I don't like the looks of that. Some of these migrants that enter the country are not people seeking a better life but rather dangerous, enterprising criminals looking for new lands to plunder and terrorize. That proposed legislation is dangerously misguided and way too progressive. Fortunately it probably won't pass.

Boater
Boater

Welcome to Illinois. Chicago, and the state are run by Democrats. Sanctuary STATE. 2nd highest taxes in the country and going higher. People are fleeing in mass. We've lost our soul. Garcia is just an example.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Totally crazy. Great way to destroy the USA.

wmc50
wmc50

Please people, get off your asses and vote these Democrat fools out of office. This is why you vote in every single election. State and local politicians in small precincts wind up being elected to Congress if you don't vote them out before they get a foothold.
A former Democrat, local judge in my state (Loretta Biggs: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/476062-judge-halts-north-carolina-voter-id-law) was appointed to a Federal Judgeship by a former administration.

She ruled that the Voter ID Law, passed by a statewide ballot, was unconstitutional. Just like that, she wiped out a law passed by a majority of the citizens of the state...all by herself. Well, that and our gutless Democrat AG won't fight the case in the Court of Appeals. Vote every Democrat you ever see out of office.

wmike
wmike

welcome to the Canada we even have 60 ISIS killers in our country plus open boarders and on vote on this it's starting to look like North and South Korea our liberals are the same as your Democrats stop then now or you will look like Canada

OldVet
OldVet

What a load of crap from the Democrats!

Zpwjs
Zpwjs

Who would be surprised that Chuy is originally from Durango Mexico.

Raymelson
Raymelson

The people introducing this law should be served lead poisoning asap

Raymelson
Raymelson

The people backing this law should receive lead poisoning asap

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Calling it dangerous is an understatement, it's insane!

Raymelson
Raymelson

Folks you best stay locked loaded and ready it's coming to your neighborhood an I for one will not accept it

Raymelson
Raymelson

Folks you better stay locked loaded and ready it's coming to your neighborhood I for one want accept it

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

MS13 would do a Mexican Hat Dance.

Raymelson
Raymelson

Who ever sponsored this bill should be hung in public for everyone to see

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Someone should list all Democrats names and HOME addresses that sponsor these type of stupid Bills so the illegals can personally thank them while having dinner

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is unacceptable in any country

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Thankfully the Senate won't even waste their time on a bill such as this, and the POTUS will likely laugh in the face of the speaker for even proposing this


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