KevinDavis: Again, Bush did not propose in any shape of form any type of Amnesty!
cmac51: Which is responsible, Bush presenting a plan which he states does not include amnesty or the media and opponents who claim Bush is proposing amnesty?
As an authority on the subject, perhaps you can answer definitively. Is there a penalty (monetary or otherwise) that a currently illegal alien pays for guest worker status that an alien who is not illegal does not pay for guest worker status? I have heard the question answered yes, but not by an authority. I have not seen enough details of the plan to answer the question authoritatively myself.
The answer, whatever is correct determines if an Amnesty is involved.
According the Marion Webster dictionary, an amnesty is granting a pardon to a large group. A pardon is forgiving an offense without a penalty having been paid.
If a penalty is paid, no amnesty exists. The argument is then over how appropriate the size of the penalty is, which I would presume is negotiable during the formation of any bill.