The Corner

What is Amnesty?

I was amused by this statement in a Washington Post story this morning by a pro-amnesty activist denying that the Senate bill is amnesty:

Amnesty is where someone comes in illegally and gets in front of others and immediately becomes legal,” said Gustavo Torres, director of CASA of Maryland, a nonprofit group that helps illegal immigrants.

That’s, of course, exactly what the Senate bill does: every illegal immediately becomes legal.

Bush said the same thing:

Amnesty is forgiveness for being here without any penalties — that’s what amnesty is. I oppose it.

Again, that’s exactly what the bill does. It has some hoops if people what to get a Z visa or green card, but illegals are immediately granted forgiveness for being here illegally and don’t have to pay any penalties to stay here legally. 

How stupid do these people think we are?

Rich Lowry — Rich Lowry is the editor of National Review. He can be reached via email: 

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