Saturday, May 27, 2006

Illumination on the Bush Administration illegal immigration mindset

Tony Snow:

The White House on Friday said a Senate bill that would grant legal status to illegal immigrants is analogous to a traffic law that allows a speeder to pay a fine and continue driving.

"If you had a traffic ticket and you paid it, you're not forever a speeder, are you?" White House Press Secretary Tony Snow said in response to questions from The Examiner.

"So the fact is, you have paid your debt to society," he added. "And we have come up with a way to make sure that the debt to society gets paid. Then you move forward."

Every word on illegal immigration that comes from the Bush Administration should be viewed through the prism of those words. This immigration bill is not going to be satisfactory to conservatives, period. The Senate is tone deaf, our President is deeply invested in the Tex-Mex culture and refuses to see that it does not easily extend to the entire nation, and the House is going to be forced to compromise some important issues in their bill. We'll be revisiting this issue again soon-say in 10 years.

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