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Support for The New Way Forward Act

The legal framework behind today’s mass detention and deportation infrastructure dates primarily to 1996, when a pair of harsh laws (AEDPA & IIRIRA) dramatically altered U.S. immigration policy.  These laws entangled our civil immigration system with our flawed criminal justice system, linking two systems which both suffer from racial bias and significant obstacles to justice and fairness. In addition, harmful laws enacted in 1929 by white supremacists to criminalize migration has driven a mass expansion in federal private prisons and enabled significant abuses, from “assembly-line” hearings of shackled people to Trump’s infamous family separation policy.

These laws put a chokehold on pathways to legalization and naturalization by massively expanding the number of disqualifying criminal grounds for legal permanent residents and other immigrants, removing opportunities for individuals to seek deportation relief before a judge, and subjecting immigrants to up to 20 years in federal prison for seeking to reenter the U.S. to reunite with their families. As with the widely condemned and punitive welfare “reform” and crime bills, these laws relied on racialized stereotypes to create policies and laws that treat people of color as disposable and criminal until proven otherwise. These laws are the blueprint for the sweeping enforcement and deportation machine that we see in full force today.

The New Way Forward Act, sponsored by U.S. Representatives Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (IL), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Karen Bass (CA), and Ayanna Pressley (MA), would begin to undo the harms of these immigrant criminalization laws. 


The New Way Forward Act will:
  1. End mandatory detention. 
  2. Implement a five year statute of limitations for removal.
  3. Limit the criminal legal system to deportation pipeline.
  4. Restore judicial discretion and end summary deportations. 
  5. End entanglement between federal immigration enforcement and local law enforcement. 
  6. Decriminalize migration
  7. Create an opportunity to come home for people previously deported.

Visit the New Way Forward campaign page to learn more. 


Supporting Organizations

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 


Southside Worker Center 


Asian Prisoner Support Committee 

Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus 

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) 

Centro Legal de la Raza 

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) 

Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)

Equality California 

Haitian Bridge Alliance 

Haitian Immigrant Bail Assistance Project (HIBAP) 

Immigrant Legal Defense 

Khmer Girls in Action 

Public Counsel 


Vietnamese American Organization 

Vietnamese Student Union at UCLA



United for a New Economy 


Connecticut Shoreline Indivisible 

The South Asian Society at Yale 

Unidad Latina en Acción (ULA) 

District of Columbia

DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF)


Asian American Advocacy Fund 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Atlanta 


United Action for Idaho

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence 

United Vision for Idaho 


Arise Chicago 

Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago 

HANA Center 

Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights 

Indivisible Brookfield 

Kaibigan: Philippine Student Association 

Knox College Young Democratic Socialists of America 

Latino Policy Forum 

Organized Communities Against Deportation (OCAD)

PASO – West Suburban Action Project 


St. Patrick’s Church 


Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project 


Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund 

Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence 


Louisville Community Bail Fund 

Passionist Solidarity Network 


ISLA: Immigration Services and Legal Advocacy 

Voces Unidas: Louisiana Immigrants Rights Coalition


Maryland United for Peace and Justice 

The University of Baltimore School of Law 


Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW) 

Dominican Development Center 

Mount Holyoke College Asian American Students in Action 

Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts 




Mississippi Center for Justice 


Arriba Las Vegas Worker Center 

Silver State Equality – Nevada 

New Hampshire 

NHCUCC Immigrant and Refugee Support Group 

New Jersey 

Assumption College for Sisters

New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence 

Sisters of Christian Charity 

New Mexico

New Mexico Immigrant Law Center 

New York 


Asian American Federation (AAF) 

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund 

Brooklyn Defender Services 

Church Women United in New York State 

Latino Justice 

Mekong NYC 

New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) 


S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, Inc. 

Sisters of St. Joseph

Southeast Asian Defense Project 

The Bronx Defenders 


North Carolina

Equality North Carolina

Southeast Asian Coalition (SEAC)


Advocating Opportunity 

Holy Spirit Catholic Community 

Lorain Ohio Immigrant Rights Association 

Ohio Domestic Violence Network 

Ohio Immigrant Alliance 

Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin 


Pax Christi Greensburg 

Sisters of Christian Charity 


Rhode Island 

Providence Youth Student Movement

South Carolina

Hilton Head For Peace  


Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County 

South Texas Human Rights Center 


Vermont Freedom Bail Fund 

Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence 


Cville Immigrant Bond Fund 



Jefferson County Immigrant Rights Advocates (JCIRA) 

Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group (KhAAG) 


Sexual Violence Law Center 

Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence 


Catholic Coalition for Migrant and Immigrants 

End Domestic Abuse – Wisconsin 

Justice, Peace and Reconciliation Commission 

Sisters of St. Joseph