From NRO , today:
The White House claims that the president’s plan is not an amnesty because illegals will face penalties and “benchmarks.” Here is what Tony Snow says awaits those who are allowed to stay under the president’s plan:
What exactly on that list is onerous? Let’s go through it.
Illegal aliens will have to “pay taxes”: That’s no penalty; they’re supposed to pay taxes. In fact, according the Sen. Chuck Grassley, under Bush’s plan illegals would have the option to only have to pay three of their last five years in back taxes.
They have to “keep their nose clean”: Big deal. So does everybody else.
They have to get a tamper-proof ID card: Oh, the humanity!
They’ll have to stay employed: But isn’t that why they came here, to do jobs Americans won’t?
They’ll have to learn English: That’s a benefit to the illegal.
Most of these “benchmarks” would be required of any legal immigrant. They are in no way burdensome, yet Tony Snow makes them sound almost oppressive.
The only real punishment on the entire list is the fine. Know what it is? A measly $2,000 payable in two $1,000 installments. When you consider what illegals get for their two grand, it’s the deal of a lifetime.
Thanks for telling it like it is, J.D. ! You get today's Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.