"Anybody that votes for an amnesty bill deserves to be branded with a scarlet letter, ‘A’ for amnesty, and they need to pay for it at the ballot box in November," Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, ranted at a House Republican gathering Thursday. But the Senate immigration bill — which Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., supports — seems a reasonable balance between dealing with security concerns and with the reality that we are not going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants. Nor could our economy handle that. The bill would increase border enforcement and penalties for employers who hire illegal workers. And in order to become a U.S. citizens, current immigrants would have to be here 11 years, have a clean record and a steady job, pay a $2,000 fine and back taxes, and understand English and U.S. civics.
As Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., noted: "This word ‘amnesty’ is a code word. It is a code word to try to smear good-faith legislation."
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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