|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
Nice try, but no prize. Delving deeper into your "legal" vernacular. A condition is different from a penalty. Requiring illegal aliens to reside outside the country for 6 months prior to application would be a condition. Requiring them to pay a fee based solely on the their illegal status is a penalty.
Now, since we've gotten past amnesty. Which is the correct question? "Should there be a guest worker program? or What penalty is great enough to warrant consideration for guest worker?" Or is it that from your point of view that after breaking the law, no penalty is great enough to atone for the offense?