Senator Chuck Grassley Agrees: Senate Bill Isn’t Amnesty

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Senator Chuck Grassley – Filed 77 amendments to the ‘gang of eight’ bill

Senator Chuck Grassley agrees with us that the Senate ‘gang of eight’ immigration reform bill is not amnesty.

Chuck Grassley knows the bill intimately and is opposed to immigration reform. He filed a whopping 77 amendments to the ‘gang of eight’ bill.

Listen to his comments at a town hall meeting in Iowa, where he agrees the bill isn’t amnesty:

Conflating Amnesty with Immigration Reform

Opponents of immigration reform have long labeled any solution that legalizes unauthorized immigrants as “amnesty.” They intentionally conflate “legalization” with “amnesty”, then blame the 1986 immigration reform as a “magnet” for illegal immigration.

In reality the 1986 amnesty didn’t cause illegal immigration but rather failed to address the principle root cause: the failure of Congress to follow-up on promised guest worker reforms. When our economy needs more immigrants and guest workers than arbitrary quotas allow for, a black market in immigrant labor is usually the result. Merely legalizing from time to time without addressing root causes doesn’t solve the problem. The ‘gang of eight’ bill is a big improvement over the present broken system we have, though the reforms don’t go far enough in our opinion.

Opponents of immigration reform are entitled to their own opinion about immigration reform, but not their own English language!

amnesty webster's dictionaryThe ‘gang of eight’ bill isn’t “amnesty” because there are stiff penalties, something I have blogged about. The 1986 reforms didn’t include penalties for those who broke immigration laws, so it’s fair to say the 1986 bill included amnesty, though it also included other provisions such as requirements for employers to check documents for new employees, employer sanctions, etc.

Dictionaries are published for a reason, to ensure there are commonly understood definitions. Opponents who persist in labeling the ‘gange of eight’  bill apparently never consulted a dictionary or are willfully ignorant about definitions. From Websters:

Amnesty: the act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals

Pardon: the excusing of an offense without exacting a penalty

Penaltythe suffering in person, rights, or property that is annexed by law or judicial decision to the commission of a crime or public offense

Thousands of dollars in fines, and a ten year bar on even applying for permanent resident status are penalties. Therefore the bill is not “amnesty.”


Bob Quasius is the founder and president of Cafe Con Leche Republicans

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Discuss: “Senator Chuck Grassley Agrees: Senate Bill Isn’t Amnesty”

  1. August 29, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Another great thread starter, Bob Quasius!!!

    It’s always amazing how opponents to something – always attempt to define words – to support their opposition!!!

    Just sayin’,

    Robert Allen

    Posted by boba123
  2. August 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I am not happy about the Gang of Eight’s proposal, but for opposite reasons than most Republicans (present company excepted) the Penalties are much too harsh for hardworking, non criminal, people who have lived and worked among us with no problems. The punishment for crossing a line when any reasonable entry was denied them is the essence of a dictatorial police state. Nevertheless, each article of yours points up the vehemence and fallacies of many, so thanks again for all your hard work.. Freedom of movement is fundamental.

    Posted by Lynn A. Bloxham
  3. August 29, 2013 at 10:58 pm #

    I consider the “illegals” of today the Jean Valjeans of “Les Miserables.” For the crime of stealing a loaf of bread to feed his hungry children, he was punished horribly and then hounded for the rest of his life. Mexicans are risking their lives to come across the border to work and send money back because their children are hungry.

    Posted by Peggy Thomas
    • August 30, 2013 at 10:58 am #

      Great analogy Peggy. Wish I had thought of it! And yet some are not satisfied with all the penalties and problems this new law, if passed , I will put on people. They want MORE. Difficult to really grasp. I really do not know how a lower income family will be able to comply as it is.

      Posted by Lynn A. Bloxham
  4. September 1, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I am about to call the white house with a proposal to suspend Everify then issue 5 year work visas. That will force conservatives to try and justify Everify on laissez faire grounds, which they cannot do because that is a contradiction. Immigration reform is dead, killed by the house gop with the help of FAIR, CIS and other John Tanton off shoots.

    Posted by Robert Mathenge
    • September 3, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

      E verify and “additional impediments ” to crossing the border are of course both not only anti free enterprise but anti freedom. It is a terrible conundrum as we are desperate for real reform. Keep writing and speaking for the pro immigration position.

      Posted by Lynn A. Bloxham

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