Originally published February 12, 2020
If you live in Queens, your Representative in Congress is likely a co-sponsor of the New Way Forward Act, a piece of legislation so insane it defies logic. This legislation would seek to radically transform immigration in this country, essentially removing all borders and restrictions going forth.
This bill is co-sponsored by 44 Democrats since its introduction in December 2019, including Representatives Greg Meeks (NY-5), Grace Meng (NY-6), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14). Meng’s district includes (but is not limited to) the neighborhoods of Flushing, Forest Hills, Fresh Meadows, and Kew Gardens. Meeks represents Jamaica and Far Rockaway.
The extreme nature of this bill cannot be understated. The premise is that America is not a sovereign nation with the right to have borders. If you think this is an exaggeration, it’s not. Currently, illegal aliens who are caught crossing the border or subject to deportation are placed in detention facilities. This bill eliminates detention facilities. Currently, if an alien is released on a bond, the minimum that can be set is $1,500. This bill says that a bond cannot impose a “financial hardship,” so essentially there is no bond (New Yorkers are well aware of how poor that decision is). If you’re under 18 and unaccompanied, you are not detained at all; rather, you are transferred to Health and Human Services for placement. This bill would allow any person in the world who is under 18 to legally move to the United States, no questions asked.
Keep in mind that many deportations are ordered when an illegal alien commits a crime in this country. This bill gets rid of that. “The fact that an alien has a prior conviction or a criminal charge pending against the alien may not be the sole factor to justify the continued detention of the alien,” the bill says. That’s because there is a “presumption of release.” Everyone who appears in an immigration court is presumed to be released into the country, unless there is “clear and convincing evidence” to the contrary, which is the second-highest standard in the United States judicial system (a higher standard than most cases brought before civil court or family court).
That standard is even higher if you are a “vulnerable person.” A “vulnerable person” is defined as anyone who is under 21, over 60, pregnant, identifies as LGBTQ, a victim or witness of any crime, has filed a claim in federal or state court, has a fear of persecution, doesn’t understand English, or is determined to be a survivor of gender-based violence. There are no illegal aliens who could not figure out a way to become a “vulnerable person.”
What about if an illegal alien commits a major crime in this country? Under this Act, if an illegal alien commits a “crime of moral turpitude,” like child molestation, voluntary manslaughter, or rape, this does not trigger an automatic deportation. The same is true for “aggravated felony.” Illegal aliens in this country cannot be deported from this country if they commit any crime that receives a sentence of less than five years, and even that can be overridden by an immigration judge. Each inmate in prison costs the taxpayer a national average of $31,000 per year. New York City mismanages its jails so badly that it costs the taxpayers over $300,000 per inmate, and this Act will not allow New York to deport its illegal criminals (which they don’t want to do anyway).
This bill encourages illegal entry to the United States by repealing the statute that makes it a crime to illegally cross the border. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as nearly every Democrat presidential candidate has endorsed the repeal of the same law, but they have mentioned replacing it with a fine. This Act wouldn’t even have a fine for illegal border crossing. Last June, a child drowned while crossing the Rio Grande with her father. This Act encourages that action, because once they get to the American side of the river, they can stay forever.
None of this is the craziest part of the bill. This Act invents a new Right, the “Right to Come Home.” According to this Act, if an illegal alien has been deported anytime in the last 24 years for any reason that has been legal until this Act became law, he or she can come back into the United States. That means if a child predator was deported, he’s invited back. If a rapist was deported, he’s invited back. If someone who committed assault, robbery, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, or human trafficking was deported, he’s invited back. He is not only invited, “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.” Taxpayers have had to pay for the travel expenses of every single deported alien since 1996.
Grace Meng co-sponsored this Act. Greg Meeks co-sponsored this Act. Forty-two other Democrats co-sponsored this act. This Act is immoral, it is irrational, and it is despicable. America has laws, borders, and sovereignty, as every country does. This Act destroys that. The lunatics of the Democratic Party have taken over the asylum, and if they win in November, this nightmare could become a reality.