There are different kinds of pardons, and different kinds of Amnesties. Pardons and Amnesties can be conditional or unconditional. Need evidence? The Google Search on conditional pardon yields over 23,000 results. The Google Search on unconditional pardon yields over 22,000 results. The Google Search on conditional amnesty yields over 21,000 results. The Google Search on unconditional amnesty yields over 32,000 results. This is not make believe, these are real and long-standing legal doctrines. Selectively parsing an unreasonably narrow definition of "pardon" or "Amnesty" does not erase these doctrines.
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?
posted on 01/27/2004 11:54:01 AM PST
|Nice try, but no prize. Delving deeper into your "legal" vernacular. A condition is different from a penalty.
Requiring them to pay a fee based solely on the their illegal status is a penalty.
President Bush used the term "one-time fee."
"Penalty" is yours.
Fees are certainly conditions.
Now, since we've gotten past amnesty.
When I go to a campground, I pay a fee. It's not a penalty.
Guess again. You're not being honest with yourself.
Splitting hairs about penalties, fees, conditions, etc., ain't gonna cut it. The Bush Amnesty function essentially as the Reagan Amnesty did. That's your bottom line.
Guest worker programs are fine, so long as they aren't trojan horses to legalize millions of Illegal Aliens.
posted on 01/27/2004 12:19:54 PM PST
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