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Here’s An Amnesty I Like


During the president’s first term, some of the administration’s best minds were devoted to concocting euphemisms for “illegal-alien amnesty,” like “regularization,” “normalization,” “legalization,” and “earned adjustment.” In the real world, though, any time an illegal alien gets legal status — whether by way of a green card or a “temporary” visa — he’s been amnestied, and that guarantees, among other things, even more illegal immigration.

Well, news from Malaysia on the kind of narrow amnesty I can live with — illegals who deport themselves from that country by a certain date will be able to avoid arrest and imprisonment. This is like a parking-ticket amnesty — it’s not that you get away with your violation of the law, it’s just that you won’t receive extra penalties so long as you make things right.