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house Bill H.R. 2989

Should Non-Citizens Who've Been Convicted of a Felony or At Least Two Misdemeanors Be Deported?

Argument in favor

Non-citizens who commit felonies or are repeat offenders shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the U.S. This bill would clarify that the government has authority to deport those who undermine public safety and give the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security specific guidance on how to remove non-citizens who break the law.

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07/06/2019
I wanted to say no under the premise that these stipulations would be a bit too harsh, but in reality we have to give the authority somewhere. Being an illegal immigrant means they have already broken the law once just by surpassing the process to get here the right way, but doing that and breaking the laws of the land multiple times or committing a serious crime means we should have the legal authority to say you can’t be here anymore.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/06/2019
There is no reason why they shouldn’t be deported ......Pass the Bill I’m in support of and recommend the passage of bill — the Criminal Alien Removal Clarification Act of 2019 — would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to require the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors under state or federal law.  Non-citizens who commit felonies or are repeat offenders shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the U.S. This bill would clarify that the government has authority to deport those who undermine public safety and give the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security specific guidance on how to remove non-citizens who break the law. Being convicted of a felony crime is grounds for deportation and also being illegally in the USA also is. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.6.19.....
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Sean's Opinion
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07/06/2019
I’m all for this but let’s remember that being a non-citizen doesn’t mean you’re here illegally. We have plenty of non citizens contributing to our society. But... if you can’t respect our laws then you should have your papers revoked and your ass deported. If you’re here illegally then you obviously don’t respect our laws in the first place and should be deported immediately. ESPECIALLY if you continue to break our laws.
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Argument opposed

This bill would lead to the unjust deportation non-citizens for a felony conviction or convictions for at least two misdemeanors, which is a threshold that could be crossed with relatively minor offenses. The federal government should only prioritize the deportation of non-citizens with more egregious criminal histories.

jimK's Opinion
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07/06/2019
The best answer to this question is “it depends”. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this that does not fully account for the circumstances and the specifics of infractions. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that prevents an anti-immigration law enforcement zealot from stacking the deck to arbitrarily remove those deemed “undesirable”. Due process is needed with adequate judicial resources and non-mandatory sentencing to arrive at just decisions. If someone is clearly and justly found to be a threat to our society, then of course. Otherwise this is just a smokescreen to justify yet another racist agenda. ........ Of course, if anyone had actually seen any of the drug lords, the human traffickers and crazed organized gang members cited to justify the “wall”, then OK, maybe. I wonder where they all went? Just a figment of Trumps racist, hate filled imagination? Or more likely, just the preamble to get to the current point of now justifying the targeting of innocents.
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I.Got.an.Idea...'s Opinion
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07/06/2019
No. With this policy, unscrupulous Republicans will stage incidents to give undocumented citizens misdemeanors or felonies to make them comply with their unethical regulations. This is 1984 with Republican’s BiG Government- BiG Brother Control over everyone. The REAL Big Brother, is Republicans’ Patriot Act, their invasion into your privacy, their control and manipulation over YOUR personal life, in the privacy of your own home, with whomever you choose. Yet, Republicans will continue to protect Christians who rape little boys. Republicans are basically all pedophiles by accessory. They aid and abet known sexual predators. Much worse than the immigrants that Republicans lie about to make them out to be dangerous criminals and terrorists. The REAL Terrorists, are Republicans themselves.
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singinghawk926's Opinion
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07/06/2019
It is important to read this question clearly. It states “should non-citizens...”, not “should illegal immigrants”!! Non-citizens could be anyone in the US from another country, even if they have proper visas, or a work permit, or a green card!! Once they have legal status of some sort, I believe the deserve to have a formal review process before that status is withdrawn. Immigrants to the US who have conformed with the law should not be at risk of deportation unless they have been convicted of a one or more of a specific list of serious felonies. And even then, if the person has family, in particular children born in the US or brought here as minors, there should be some process with guidelines for legal review of those cases before issuing deportation orders. The issues surrounding immigration are COMPLEX and COMPLICATED and should not be held to laws without some process for review. I know that we Americans, being human, tend to prefer quick and easy categories into which we can place others so we can feel that we can have a sense of righteousness in our actions. But law without empathy or justice is poor law indeed. Whatever we eventually decide to do about our immigration laws will not please everyone, but we must make every effort to ensue they are just.
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    I wanted to say no under the premise that these stipulations would be a bit too harsh, but in reality we have to give the authority somewhere. Being an illegal immigrant means they have already broken the law once just by surpassing the process to get here the right way, but doing that and breaking the laws of the land multiple times or committing a serious crime means we should have the legal authority to say you can’t be here anymore.
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    The best answer to this question is “it depends”. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this that does not fully account for the circumstances and the specifics of infractions. There is no one-size-fits-all solution that prevents an anti-immigration law enforcement zealot from stacking the deck to arbitrarily remove those deemed “undesirable”. Due process is needed with adequate judicial resources and non-mandatory sentencing to arrive at just decisions. If someone is clearly and justly found to be a threat to our society, then of course. Otherwise this is just a smokescreen to justify yet another racist agenda. ........ Of course, if anyone had actually seen any of the drug lords, the human traffickers and crazed organized gang members cited to justify the “wall”, then OK, maybe. I wonder where they all went? Just a figment of Trumps racist, hate filled imagination? Or more likely, just the preamble to get to the current point of now justifying the targeting of innocents.
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    No. With this policy, unscrupulous Republicans will stage incidents to give undocumented citizens misdemeanors or felonies to make them comply with their unethical regulations. This is 1984 with Republican’s BiG Government- BiG Brother Control over everyone. The REAL Big Brother, is Republicans’ Patriot Act, their invasion into your privacy, their control and manipulation over YOUR personal life, in the privacy of your own home, with whomever you choose. Yet, Republicans will continue to protect Christians who rape little boys. Republicans are basically all pedophiles by accessory. They aid and abet known sexual predators. Much worse than the immigrants that Republicans lie about to make them out to be dangerous criminals and terrorists. The REAL Terrorists, are Republicans themselves.
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    There is no reason why they shouldn’t be deported ......Pass the Bill I’m in support of and recommend the passage of bill — the Criminal Alien Removal Clarification Act of 2019 — would amend the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to require the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors under state or federal law.  Non-citizens who commit felonies or are repeat offenders shouldn’t be allowed to stay in the U.S. This bill would clarify that the government has authority to deport those who undermine public safety and give the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security specific guidance on how to remove non-citizens who break the law. Being convicted of a felony crime is grounds for deportation and also being illegally in the USA also is. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻. 7.6.19.....
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    I’m all for this but let’s remember that being a non-citizen doesn’t mean you’re here illegally. We have plenty of non citizens contributing to our society. But... if you can’t respect our laws then you should have your papers revoked and your ass deported. If you’re here illegally then you obviously don’t respect our laws in the first place and should be deported immediately. ESPECIALLY if you continue to break our laws.
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    It is important to read this question clearly. It states “should non-citizens...”, not “should illegal immigrants”!! Non-citizens could be anyone in the US from another country, even if they have proper visas, or a work permit, or a green card!! Once they have legal status of some sort, I believe the deserve to have a formal review process before that status is withdrawn. Immigrants to the US who have conformed with the law should not be at risk of deportation unless they have been convicted of a one or more of a specific list of serious felonies. And even then, if the person has family, in particular children born in the US or brought here as minors, there should be some process with guidelines for legal review of those cases before issuing deportation orders. The issues surrounding immigration are COMPLEX and COMPLICATED and should not be held to laws without some process for review. I know that we Americans, being human, tend to prefer quick and easy categories into which we can place others so we can feel that we can have a sense of righteousness in our actions. But law without empathy or justice is poor law indeed. Whatever we eventually decide to do about our immigration laws will not please everyone, but we must make every effort to ensue they are just.
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    Given the long history of people with certain ethnicities being prosecuted for relativity minor crimes, I believe this policy would be a very unjust way to get minorities here illegally out of the country- for being minorities.
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    Does this mean that idiot from Montana CANNOT RUN FOR GOVERNOR? YOU KNOW, BECAUSE HE ASSAULTED A JOURNALIST? MAYBE THE CHILD PREDATOR FROM ALABAMA CANNOT RUN , AGAIN, FOR SENATOR? THE “GROPER/RAPIST-IN-CHIEF CAN BE IMPEACHED AND GO TO PRISON OR DOES HE SKATE BY MORE AND RUN FOR RE-ELECTION?? NOOOOOOO, do not stop them from coming in,or deporting unless there is REAL evidence they committed a crime or 2 misdemeanors!! DO YOU TRUST ICE?
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    Sorry libs, we have enough home grown criminals to go around. Non citizens who are convicted should be returned to their own country and be prohibited from returning.
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    One size fits all rarely fits anyone. I’m not opposed to a rule of thumb for something like this, but there must be wiggle room for parking violations, or minor crimes that should not rise to the level of deportation.
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    Great idea. Criminals should be sent back to the country of origin. No more coddling of noncitizens. Let's reduce crime stats!
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    Without delay. #MAGA
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    Yes, and we must completely secure our borders to keep criminals from returning.
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    Paul Gosar is an embarrassment to the State of Arizona and his district. This bill is another example of his conspiracy theory mindset.
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    What??? All illegal aliens and anyone overstaying a Visa should be deported!
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    How about if they’re caught J walking, they’re deported. Breaking into the country is illegal. This would be like me saying well I broke into a house but it’s only my first time don’t give me jail time. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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    Deport them on their first felony and if they are here illegally deport them upon being caught. Build the wall!
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    Minor infractions should not be grounds for deportation.
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    Anyone entering our Country illegally has already broken our laws and should be deported. We love our Legal immigrants who have respected our laws and our values by doing things through the proper channels. Enough splitting hairs on Legal and Illegal entry into our Country.
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    Would the same apply to politicians?
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