How the Squad’s BREATHE Act Would Radically Transform America
Written by Luis Miguel
New legislation by progressive “Squad” members Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) would enact a radical transformation of law enforcement in America, eliminating life sentences, expunging drug crimes retroactively, and permanently closing prisons and immigration detention centers, among other changes.
Known as the BREATHE Act — a nod to George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes (transcripts of the incident say Floyd told the officer “I can’t breathe” several times) — the bill is an expression of the Left’s now-indiscreet agenda for America, which involves completely abolishing police departments.
But the bill doesn’t stop at uprooting the criminal-justice system. After ending gang databases and shutting down multiple government agencies, it would create pilot programs for universal basic income and give voting rights and “lifetime education” to all illegal aliens and incarcerated criminals.
It is unlikely that the bill will become law given Republicans’ current control of the Senate and White House. The Democrat-run House passed a sweeping police-reform bill last month that failed to get the 60 votes in the Senate it needed to move forward.
However, that dynamic could change dramatically depending on the results of the election in November.
The BREATHE Act has its own website, which says the bill is “presented by the Electoral Justice Project of the Movement for Black Lives,” which is a coalition of more than 150 Black Lives Matter-aligned organizations.
The Electoral Project of the Movement for Black Lives is hosting a virtual convention in August that seeks to forge a new political agenda that will build on the George Floyd protests.
Just what is contained in this bill crafted in collaboration with the ultra-left squad?
Section 1 of the legislation would “divest” funding from police. It would
Eliminate federal programs and agencies used to finance and expand the U.S. criminal-legal system, such as the Department of Defense 1033 program, the Edward Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program, Community Oriented Policing Services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The bill would ensure that non-punitive, non-carceral elements of these programs are identified so that they can be transferred to another funding source.
In addition, the bill would end ankle monitors, life sentences and mandatory minimum sentences, decriminalize and retroactively expunge both state and federal drug offenses, and set up a “time-bound plan to close all federal prisons and immigration detention centers.”
In Section 2, the plan is to cease local cooperation with immigration authorities; abolish police gang databases, along with armed officers and metal detectors in schools; forgive all outstanding court debt; among other radical changes.
Section 3, titled “Allocating New Money,” would involve universal basic income; lifetime education for illegal aliens and the currently incarcerated; developing curricula to examine the social and economic impacts of colonialism, native genocide, and slavery; and eliminating state laws that currently bar ex-inmates from serving as guardians for their own children or others in the community.
It would also establish a grant program to “promote economic justice” by encouraging states to make changes such as
Valuing the labor of Black and Brown women by extending employment protections for workers — including domestic workers and farm workers — who are in industries that are not appropriately regulated;
Establishing the right for workers, in public and private sectors, to organize, especially in “On Demand Economy” jobs; and
Establishing a living wage, pegged to inflation, and eliminating the subminimum tipped wage
Section 4, “Holding Officials Accountable,” would include passing the Commission to Study Reparation Proposal for African-Americans Act to design reparations for mass incarceration and the “systemic violation of the U.S. Government’s treaty obligations to Tribal nations.”
Under the plan, states would be forced to extend the franchise to all incarcerated individuals and to illegal aliens in state and local elections.
It would also include “creating a grant program that offers states grant dollars if they strengthen mechanisms to hold police officers accountable when they have committed harm.”
“We are rising up against all the ways that the criminal-legal system has harmed and failed to protect Black communities. The current moment requires a solution that fundamentally shifts how we envision community-care and invest in our society,” the BREATHE Act’s website reads.
But what do universal basic income or letting illegal aliens vote have to do with repairing alleged injustice against blacks in the criminal-justice system?
As always, the race issue for the Left is nothing more than a guise with which to rally support for their socialist agenda.
Luis Miguel is a marketer and writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American