Search
  • George Farag

A New Way Backwards

Representative Garcia’s “New Way Forward Act” as it is currently drafted does a disservice to America. There are provisions of the bill that make it harder to deport criminal immigrants. These parts should be scrapped while keeping the parts of the bill that make it easier to deport criminal immigrants. This would be a compromise that most Americans and our representatives can get behind. Until then it is a New Way Backwards.



Representative #JesusGarcia (D-Il) has been leading the “It’s time to end immigrant criminalization” campaign. As part of this campaign he sponsored the #NewWayForwardAct on December 12, 2019. The proposed law, which is co-sponsored by 44 representatives, aims to “reform the process for enforcing the immigration laws of the United States”.


The bill went under the radar until Tucker Carlson highlighted it this week on Fox News. The bill is problematic because it would make the deportation of some violent criminal immigrants more difficult than it currently is.




To be clear the bill would make it harder to deport some convicted criminal illegal immigrants while making it easier to deport others. I know this sounds confusing so let’s look at it in more detail.


Making it Harder


Some provisions of the New Way Forward Act would make it more difficult to deport immigrants who have committed certain crimes. For example the bill calls for the following:


  • Increasing the minimum prison sentence for felonies that require deportation from one to five years. It stipulates that aggravated felonies such as murder, rape, child sexual abuse and drug trafficking must have carried a sentence of at least five years in order to qualify as #DeportableOffenses.

  • Removing crimes of moral turpitude and crimes carrying a sentence of at least one year as grounds for deportation.

  • Removing drug crimes, drug abuse and drug addiction as deportable offenses.

  • Removing the forging of a passport as a deportable offense.


There are two major problems here. First lower-level crimes will no longer be deportable offenses. For example if an immigrant is a drug dealer who is selling poison to kids on a corner they cannot be deported. The other issue is increasing minimum prison sentence to five years for an aggravated felonies in order to deport the person. For example if a person is trafficking firearms and receives a sentence of less than five years they would not be deported.


The American people and immigrants who are living peaceful lives in America do not want drug dealers to be shielded from deportation.

What makes Representative Garcia believe that Americans and even most immigrants would want this? The American people and immigrants who are living peaceful lives in America do not want drug dealers to be shielded from deportation.


Making it Easier


On the other hand the proposed bill makes it easier to deport other criminals. The one-year minimum sentence that is required to deport some criminals would be removed. The bill calls for the following:


  • Violent crimes become deportable regardless of the sentence.

  • Theft crimes become deportable regardless of the sentence.

  • Racketeering offenses become deportable regardless of the sentence.

  • Crimes involving bribery, counterfeiting or trafficking in cars become deportable regardless of the sentence.

  • Perjury and obstruction of justice become deportable regardless of the sentence.


These elements of the bill make it easier to deport criminal immigrants. For example, currently if an immigrant is convicted of theft, racketeering or perjury and is sentenced to less than one year in prison then they cannot be deported. If the New Way Forward Act were passed, the same individual could be deported based solely on that conviction, regardless of the length of their sentence.


Let’s Make a Deal


I am against making it harder to deport criminal immigrants from the United States. My family and I immigrated to America. We went lived in America and demonstrated our good moral character. We worked hard, paid our taxes, and stayed out of trouble. The majority of immigrants do the same. However for those who don’t demonstrate good moral character it is the government’s responsibility to remove them.


Representative Garcia’s “New Way Forward Act” as it is currently drafted does a disservice to America's #immigration #policy. There are provisions of the bill that make it harder to deport criminal immigrants. These parts should be scrapped while keeping the parts of the bill that make it easier to deport criminal immigrants. This would be a compromise that most Americans and our representatives can get behind. Until then it is a #NewWayBackwards.


Representative Garcia’s “New Way Forward Act” as it is currently drafted does a disservice to America.
0 views