Quote Of The Day: Coulter On Bush’s Amnesty Plan

Bush has also apparently learned that the word “amnesty” does not poll well. On Monday night, he angrily denounced the idea of amnesty just before proposing his own amnesty program. The difference between Bush’s amnesty program and “amnesty” is: He’d give amnesty only to people who have been breaking our laws for many years — not just a few months. (It’s the same program that allows Teddy Kennedy to stay in the Senate.)

Bush calls this the “rational middle ground” because it recognizes the difference between “an illegal immigrant who crossed the border recently and someone who has worked here for many years.” Yes, the difference is: One of them has been breaking the law longer. If our criminal justice system used that logic, a single murder would get you the death penalty, while serial killers would get probation.

Bush claimed the only other alternative — I assume this is the “irrational extreme” — is “a program of mass deportation.” Really? Is the only alternative to legalizing tax cheats “a program of mass arrest of tax cheats”? — Ann Coulter

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