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Dirty Little Secret About Democrats' "New Way Forward Act:" Open-Borders Utah Republicans Already Passed It!
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Tucker Carlson at Fox News has done heroic work trying to get Americans to wake up to a monstrous campaign in Congress to decriminalize border trespassing, reward criminal aliens, and sabotage what’s left of our already crippled deportation system. As he reported last week, the New Way Forward Act would break the so-called “prison to deportation pipeline” by eliminating all categories of crime that previously qualified illegals and non-citizens for automatic deportation.

“Under current U.S. law,” he told viewers, “legal U.S. immigrants can be deported if they commit an ‘aggravated felony’ or a ‘crime of moral turpitude’ – that is, a vile, depraved act, like molesting a child. Under the New Way Forward Act, ‘crimes of moral turpitude’ are eliminated entirely as a justification for deportation. And the category of ‘aggravated felony’ gets circumscribed too. What does that mean? Consider this: Under current law, immigrants who commit serious crimes – such as robbery, fraud, or child sexual abuse – must be deported, regardless of the sentence they receive. Other crimes – less severe ones like racketeering – require deportation as long as the perpetrator receives at least a one-year sentence. But if this bill passes the House and Senate and is signed into law by the president, there will no longer be any crimes that automatically require deportation. None.”

Here’s the thing. While 44 Congressional Democrats are now under much-deserved scrutiny for their support of this extreme measure, open-borders Utah Republicans already passed similar immigration decriminalization “reforms” into state law (HB 244) last year–with the praise and approval of the American Civil Liberties Union:

“Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor.

The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravated felonies for immigration purposes, avoiding automatic deportation for a crime as simple as shop-lifting. To make this happen, the bill reduces the maximum possible sentence for misdemeanors in Utah by a single day — from 365 days to 364 days. In an era when lawmakers often pass splashy message bills that create little impact, the new law is just the opposite — a nuanced piece of legislation that spans the twin chasms of criminal justice and immigration reform, while improving the lives of thousands of Utah residents.

We now join states such as Nevada, California, and Washington that have passed so-called 364-day laws, with the goal of reducing the immigration consequences of convictions for noncitizens. But Utah is one of the few Republican-led states to make this change. Utah also surprisingly reached the finish line ahead of both Colorado and New York, two states that adopted similar protections in March.

The explicit goal of the bill’s supporters was to circumvent federal law. Here’s the open-borders group “Familia America” spiking the football:

Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 244 into law in late March in what is seen as a step toward immigration reform in the state. HB 244 puts an end to misdemeanor convictions being interpreted as aggravated felonies for noncitizens. This helps those accused of crimes that are petty as shoplifting to avoid automatic deportation. HB 244 accomplishes its purpose by reducing the maximum possible misdemeanor sentence in the state by one day—to 364 days instead of 365, allowing circumvention of a federal immigration law that treats state misdemeanors as felonies when the potential sentence for the offender is one year or more.

It’s bad enough that Utah voters gave us traitorous snake Mitt Romney, Indian green card pimp Sen. Mike Lee, and previous open-borders Chamber of Commerce stooges Bob Bennett, shamnesty shill Chris Cannon, and Jon McCain Huntsman. But Utah voters also elected a governor and legislature that unanimously adopted this law for immigration outlaws. As the ACLU crowed:

Despite some indications that prosecutors would oppose the bill in Utah, no resistance materialized to the bill as it passed both chambers by unanimous votes.

Let me repeat the stomach-turning phrase in that sentence: No resistance.

Here are the Utah bill sponsors (State Rep. Eric Hutchings and State Sen. Daniel Thatcher) and staff responsible for coddling illegal alien criminals and paving a path for “Way Forward” leftists:

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert is one of the 18 Republican refugee resettlement racket governors who betrayed American citizens seeking to exercise local control over who gets dumped in their backywards.

So you will not be shocked to learn that it was Republican refugee racketeers who were behind the “Way Forward” bill in Utah:

The idea for the bill originated with the Refugee Justice League, a group of over 700 attorneys who volunteer their time to help refugees who are discriminated against. Co-founder James McConkie said Hutchings’ bill is the Utah-based organization’s first priority during this year’s legislative session.

McConkie said the current conflict in the law is especially damaging to refugees, who can be automatically deported for crimes as simple as joyriding. This often removes a father from the home, he said, and leaves a family struggling to make ends meet. Or young people, he said, can be deported and separated from their families because of minor crimes. And when refugees are sent out of the country, McConkie said their lives are on the line because of how dangerous their home countries are.

Never mind the dangers that criminal refugees are bringing to our country!

Here are the Utah members of the Refugee Justice League that pushed the state’s “Way Forward” decriminalization of criminal aliens:

The “Way Forward” coalition of Open Borders Inc. Democrats and Republicans have linked the Utah effort with the national bill sponsored by Illinois Democrat Jesus Garcia. Here’s how one left-wing cheerleader put it:

Earlier this year in Utah, a Republican governor and legislature passed a bill to reduce the maximum sentence for a misdemeanor by one day—from 365 days to 364. The singular point of that tiny change was to exploit a legal loophole so that wide swaths of immigrant defendants could be shielded from automatic deportation for misdemeanors. (Under one of Clinton’s laws, crimes punishable by 365 days or more in prison trigger automatic deportation.) Prosecutors in New York State endorsed a similar bill, which was enacted in April.

In other words, the “New Way Forward” is repackaged community organizing that has been aimed for decades at repealing the 1996 Clinton-era Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA), which agitators blame on “mass incarceration” of illegal and criminal aliens. “Fix 96” is a hobby horse of the Soros-funded Left, led by the ACLU, the Immigrant Defense Project and Immigrant Justice Network collaboration between IDP, illegal alien sanctuary-promoting Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and National Immigration Project of the Communist Party member-founded, Soros-funded National Lawyers Guild.


Here are the national promoters of “Way Forward” on the Left, the majority of which are non-profit, tax exempt “charities” that will be familiar to Open Borders Inc. readers. One of the promoters is the tax-subsidized refugee resettlement contractor Church World Service. There’s also the George Clooney-supported Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, Muslim grievance groups CAIR and MPAC, assorted Catholic social justice warriors, and the National Education Association. Quite the anti-American squad, aren’t they?

Advancement Project

Alianza Americas

America’s Voice

American Arab Anti-Discrimination

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

American Friends Service Committe

Amnesty International USA

Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence


Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests

Bend the Arc: Jewish Action

Campaign for Youth Justice

Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)

Center for Popular Democracy

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Church World Service

Conference of Major Superiors of Men

Center for Community Change

Community of Sant’Egidio

Congregation of Holy Cross, Moreau Province

Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepard, U.S. Provinces

Congregation of the Mission, Western Province

Council for Global Equality

Council on American-Islamic Relations


Detention Watch Network

Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries

Drug Policy Alliance

East Coast Asian American Student Union

Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

Faith In Public Life


Families Belong Together

Farmworker Justice

Franciscan Action Network

Freedom for Immigrants

Freedom Network USA

Friends Committee on National Legislation

Grassroots Leadership

Hispanic Federation

Human Rights Watch

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Justice Network

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Immigration Hub


Japanese American Citizens League

Just Futures Law

Justice in Motion

Justice Strategies

Maryknoll Sisters Eastern Region USA


Missionaries of the Sacred Heart

Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity



Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)

National Bail Fund Network

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Council of Asian Pacific Americans

National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Education Association

National Equality Action Team

National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC)

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)

National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)

National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)

National Network for Immigrant & Refugee Rights

National Partnership for New Americans

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates

People’s Action

PFLAG National

Poligon Education Fund

Positive Women’s Network -USA

Provincial Council Clerics of St. Viator


Restore The Fourth

Revolutionary Love Project

Southeast Asian Freedom Network (SEAFN)

South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)

Southeast Asian Resource Action Center (SEARAC)

Southern Border Communities Coalition (SBCC)

The Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Ujima Inc: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community

UndocuBlack Network


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

United Church of Christ Justice and Witness Ministries

United We Dream

Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER)

Xaverian Brothers

Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

(Republished from by permission of author or representative)
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