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A North Carolina Reader Says American Workers Already Have "Training and Education"

From: [Name Withheld]

Re: Juan Mann's Column: McCain Bullies 9/11 Family Members While     Senate Sabotages Expedited Removal

"A" is for amnesty

President Bush has declared he will not sign an amnesty bill.  The Senate Judiciary Committee refuses to describe the guest worker bill they are working on as an amnesty.  It claims that since it is not granting immediate citizenship to illegal immigrants the bill is not an amnesty

However, the definition for the term amnesty at the Merriam Webster web site has nothing to do with citizenship.

Amnesty is defined as:

"The act of an authority (as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals."  

The word pardon in the definition means forgiving or excusing a criminal offense so that the individual or group is not punished as defined here.

So if the US government excuses the crimes of a large group of people, for example the 15 to 20 million illegal immigrants in this country, it is by definition an amnesty.

Politicians are completely misrepresenting what they are doing with the guest worker bill before the Senate. They know it is a massive amnesty.

There is a word to describe politicians who twist meanings to suit their own venal purposes. You can find its definition here.

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