To the Editor:
"The New Way Forward Act" was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in December, sponsored by Chicago Democrat Rep. Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and 43 other Democrats, including three other lawmakers from gang-ravaged Chicago.
According to Garcia, the purpose of this act is to "disrupt the prison-to-deportation pipeline." Consider the bill's key points: "It would create a five-year statute of limitations for deportations and formally decriminalize illegal border crossings."
"It would raise the minimum sentence needed to require deportation from one year to five, paving the way for illegal aliens convicted of serious crimes such as armed robbery, sexual assault, child molestation and manslaughter to remain in America." It would repeal a law that bars entry to aliens who have committed crimes of moral turpitude – depravity such as murder, voluntary manslaughter, rape, child molestation, kidnapping, assault and so on.
Even multiple offenders would be permitted to enter under the bill. It concludes by bestowing a "right to come home" to the U.S. at taxpayer expense on anyone deported after April 24, 1996.
Too radical to see the light of day? Recall the first Democratic debate, when NBC's Savannah Guthrie asked the many candidates at that time to raise their hands if their health-care plans covered undocumented immigrants.
Every candidate on stage put his or her hand up, including Joe Biden. Biden has asserted that he will have a moratorium of deportations within his first 100 days in office. Bernie Sanders wants to decriminalize illegal border crossings, break-up ICE and Customs and Border Protection and repeal 1996 immigration laws intended to remove criminal aliens.