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  • White House compares illegal immigration to speeding

    Bill Sammon, The Examiner
    May 26, 2006 5:13 PM (3 days ago)

    WASHINGTON - 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."

    The "traffic ticket" analogy raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, where many House Republicans regard illegal immigration as a grave crime.

    "I don't know if Tony meant to trivialize it or not," said Will Adams, spokesman for Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. "But it's certainly misleading."

    "The penalty for a speeding ticket is a fine," he added. "The penalty for being here illegally is being removed from this country. But the president doesn't want illegal aliens to go home."

    Snow emphasized that illegals would have to pay fines, learn English and wait years for a chance at full citizenship. But Adams called that "a slap on the hand" compared to deportation.

    "Here's a more apt analogy," he said. "You get stopped for speeding, and you say to the cop: "Hey listen, you're about to give me a $300 ticket. How about we make it 20 bucks and just call it even?"

    Snow predicted that House Republicans would eventually drop their opposition to the Senate bill, which passed Thursday. The bill, which includes a guest worker program that would grant legal status to aliens, is headed to a conference committee for possible reconciliation with a House bill aimed at beefing up border security.

    Snow suggested the guest worker program could be sold to even ardent opponents like Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

    "Chairman Sensenbrenner, who's got some real problems with various aspects, has said publicly that the temporary worker program has merit," Snow said.

    "There are areas in which members of the House are going to agree with the president," he added. "I certainly don't want to be speaking for Chairman Sensenbrenner, but the fact is, you know politics."

    But Sensenbrenner appeared unmoved.

    "What's going on now, in calling it a pathway to citizenship or earned legalization, is not honest because it is amnesty," he said at a news conference.

    bsammon@dcexaminer.com
    Examiner

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    Bill Sammon, The Examiner
    May 26, 2006 5:13 PM (3 days ago)

    WASHINGTON - 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."

    The "traffic ticket" analogy raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill, where many House Republicans regard illegal immigration as a grave crime.

    "I don't know if Tony meant to trivialize it or not," said Will Adams, spokesman for Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo. "But it's certainly misleading."

    "The penalty for a speeding ticket is a fine," he added. "The penalty for being here illegally is being removed from this country. But the president doesn't want illegal aliens to go home."

    Snow emphasized that illegals would have to pay fines, learn English and wait years for a chance at full citizenship. But Adams called that "a slap on the hand" compared to deportation.

    "Here's a more apt analogy," he said. "You get stopped for speeding, and you say to the cop: "Hey listen, you're about to give me a $300 ticket. How about we make it 20 bucks and just call it even?"

    Snow predicted that House Republicans would eventually drop their opposition to the Senate bill, which passed Thursday. The bill, which includes a guest worker program that would grant legal status to aliens, is headed to a conference committee for possible reconciliation with a House bill aimed at beefing up border security.

    Snow suggested the guest worker program could be sold to even ardent opponents like Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

    "Chairman Sensenbrenner, who's got some real problems with various aspects, has said publicly that the temporary worker program has merit," Snow said.

    "There are areas in which members of the House are going to agree with the president," he added. "I certainly don't want to be speaking for Chairman Sensenbrenner, but the fact is, you know politics."

    But Sensenbrenner appeared unmoved.

    "What's going on now, in calling it a pathway to citizenship or earned legalization, is not honest because it is amnesty," he said at a news conference.

    bsammon@dcexaminer.com
    Examiner

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    • #3
      Snow predicted that House Republicans would eventually drop their opposition to the Senate bill, which passed Thursday. The bill, which includes a guest worker program that would grant legal status to aliens, is headed to a conference committee for possible reconciliation with a House bill aimed at beefing up border security.
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      This is a big plus when someone like snow will predict that the house will back down without a fight...

      i also believe that the house will back down, and even rep jeff flake said that he could see that the resistance for any bill that takes care of the 12 mils undocumeneted migrants, is decreasing, not increasing...he even claimed that if hastert get off the "i wont bring up a bill unless the majority of majority support it" ideology, he says the bill will have enought support because democrats are united and will vote for the senate bill as it is currently written.

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      • #4
        Waht a donkeyhole Snow is.

        He is of course forgetting that you should be having a valid visa ah... I mean license to drive in the first place in order to receive a ticket.

        As matter of fact in many states and local authorities if you dont have a current registration or insurance and are caught driving... they confiscate your car and deport it. ah I mean sell it.

        Get Too many tickets?.. and they take your green card.. oops I mean license. Get caught driving on a suspended license it becomes permanently barred for 3 to 10 years. You need a waiver to get it back and much mumbo jumbo to your congressman about hardship to try to get it back sooner.

        hmmm.. guess maybe he is not so far off the mark after all.

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        • #5
          Waht a donkeyhole Snow is.

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          • #6
            eperson

            helloooooooooo.. is anybody home... helloooooo
            must be lack of sunshine. Dense tree population

            Uh..Who is the donkeyhole.. as you are the only ediot that did not "get" 4now's analogy and metaphor.

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