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From: Randy Smith [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Amnesty By Executive Order—Don't Count It Out
In Guzzardi's column, a New York lawyer, Henry Lenoir, commented that an Executive Order legalizing illegal aliens would be a distortion of the presidential power to pardon.
"After all, illegal though they are, illegal aliens haven't been federally convicted of illegal entry and residence, so there is nothing he can pardon."
While I agree that it is likely that Bush may pardon the illegals, I disagree with Lenoir.
In fact, there is already precedent for "pre-emptive" pardons.
For example, in 1974, soon after President Ford took office upon President Nixon's resignation, he pardoned Nixon for any and all crimes committed against America during the Watergate era. Nixon had not yet been indicted.
Smith is a teacher in the Houston area.