Tuesday, May 22

It is not Amnesty.

A new bill in the Senate to place some sort of legal parameters around the millions of illegal aliens in this country has many people misunderstanding again what exactly the crime is, and what amnesty means. This bill is not amnesty. Amnesty as defined by Wikipedia is

"is an act of justice by which the supreme power in a state restores those who may have been guilty of any offence against it to the position of innocent persons. It includes more than pardon in as much as it obliterates all legal remembrance of the offence."

The bill proposed in the Senate requires that those who wish to proceed toward citizenship in the United States must first pay a $5,000 fine first. For all those who complain about the crime of illegal immigrants coming over the boarder this actually is a punishment that fits the crime. To come across the boarder illegally is not a felony. It is only a misdemeanor under current law. The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor is only twelve months in jail. Most are punished with a fine. This law punishes the crime with a fine and then lets them apply for citizenship again just like anyone else.

This is the fair and right response. Immigrants have done wrong and should be punished. Just like the shoplifter is also allowed to shop again after he has paid the penalty for his crime the illegals should be able to become citizens after they have paid for their wrong actions.


Anonymous said...

Lucus, calling an illegal immigrant an undocumented worker is like calling a drug dealer an unlicensed pharmacist.

Wikpedia is not a reliable source. Sneaking into the US is a felony. Using or altering SSN's falsely is a felony. Not filing taxes year after year is also illegal. So now this group of people will become a voting block. Yeah, right.

Lucas said...

I don't understand Chris. Please read what I said again. I called them illegal immigrants not undocumented workers. They are wrong and should be punished. Not everyone who comes in here forges SSN documents.

Please try and fit you criticism to the crime.

DannyNoonan said...

Here, we should draw the distinction between malum in se and malum prohibitum. So "undocumented worker" really is a better word for illegal immigrant worker, and yes, unlicensed pharmacist is a better word for it than drug dealer. Crossing borders and dealing drugs is only illegal because the government decided to make it illegal. Niether one is wrong in and of itself.