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On amnesty - stolen (but do laws matter anymore?) from Polipundit:
As I’ve noted before, illegal immigrants haven’t just broken immigration laws. Most of them are guilty of fraud, perjury, forgery, and other crimes. Here are some of the penalties for those crimes:
Under current law, simply entering the country illegally can result in a six-month prison stay and a $250,000 fine. Aiding in that crime carries a similar fine and a five-year prison sentence. Once ordered deported, an illegal racks up $500 per day of continued “illegal presence.”
In addition, there are the perjury and false statements associated with fraudulently filling out federal tax forms. Each instance carries up to a five-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine. Then there is the wide array of crimes relating to forging false documents needed to obtain work. Punishments for those crimes range from civil fines to 25 years in prison.
Also, there are crimes relating to the misuse of Social Security numbers needed to obtain work. Those crimes can result in five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
So, let’s review. Under the Senate’s amnesty plan:
US citizen committing forgery and tax fraud = 25 years in jail
Illegal alien committing forgery and tax fraud = US citizenship, no jail time, keep the benefits (Social Security) of the forgery and fraud.
That amnesty post left me steaming. Thanks for ruining my day.
I have done a few dumb things in my life - like marrying two of the wrong guys, including paying alimony to one of them.
Where is Bush and his amnesty when I need it?