Cut the "It's Not Amnesty" Crap
Our elected representatives are full of it and they know it. They keep crying "It's not amnesty! It's not amnesty!" as if they are greatly offended that anyone would suggest such a thing.
From the Washington Times:
While most of the focus thus far has been on the "amnesty" granted to illegal aliens, opponents only now are discovering the broad range of crimes that will be forgiven under the legislation.If an illegal alien did even ONE of the things mentioned above, a $2000 fine IS amnesty.
Lawyers for the Senate Judiciary Committee have scoured the bill and come up with a list of 31 crimes relating to illegal immigration that would be wiped clean.
Under current law, simply entering the country illegally can result in a six-month prison stay and a $250,000 fine. Aiding in that crime carries a similar fine and a five-year prison sentence. Once ordered deported, an illegal racks up $500 per day of continued "illegal presence."
In addition, there are the perjury and false statements associated with fraudulently filling out federal tax forms. Each instance carries up to a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.
Then there is the wide array of crimes relating to forging false documents needed to obtain work. Punishments for those crimes range from civil fines to 25 years in prison.
Also, there are crimes relating to the misuse of Social Security numbers needed to obtain work. Those crimes can result in five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The article also points out that the Senate legislation would also provide a Get Out of Jail Free card for employers of "legalized" illegal aliens.
Businesses that have committed any alien-hiring crimes would be forgiven under the provisions of the bill, although the laws would remain on the books and, thus, future violations could be prosecuted.COULD be prosecuted. Finally a vestige of honesty in this whole mess...acknowledging that enforcement and prosecution -- yeah, that could happen.
Our senate is hell-bent on amnesty, no matter what they do or don't call it. Amnesty all day long.