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March 29, 2006

It Isn't Amnesty

There is an opinion piece in the New York Times published on March 29, 2006


"Here's one way to kill a cow: take it into the woods in hunting season, paint the word "deer" on it and stand back.
Something like that is happening in the immigration debate in Washington. Attackers of a smart, tough Senate bill have smeared it with the most mealy-mouthed word in the immigration glossary — amnesty — in hopes of rendering it politically toxic. They claim that the bill would bestow an official federal blessing of forgiveness on an estimated 12 million people who are living here illegally, rewarding their brazen crimes and encouraging more of the same.
The path to citizenship laid out by the Specter bill wouldn't be easy. It would take 11 years, a clean record, a steady job, payment of a $2,000 fine and back taxes, and knowledge of English and civics. That's not "amnesty," with its suggestion of getting something for nothing".

At; http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/29/opinion/29wed1.html?th&emc=th

Posted by VisaLawyer at March 29, 2006 07:32 AM

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