Carol Platt Liebau: Taking It Slow

Monday, May 21, 2007

Taking It Slow

After some worrisome comments that might have been interpreted to suggest support for the immigration bill, Mitch McConnell has indicated that he wants to take it slow in the Senate, and leave plenty of time for debate.

That's as it should be. The denseness of the bill and the importance of the subject mandate that it receive a full and fair airing.

Supporters of the legislation insist that it's not an "amnesty" bill. And indeed, people will have to submit to a fine and some inconvenience in order to obtain a green card.

But what that suggests is that all the illegals in this country want a green card or citizenship. What about all the people who have come in here illegally and want nothing more than a job to earn money to send home? With the stroke of the President's pen, in virtually every case, they go from being illegal aliens to people who are able to obtain "Z visas" and poof! -- they're not illegals any more. If that isn't amnesty, what is?


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