This bipartisan deal cut by Sen. John McCain is noxious. No, the issue isn?t judges. (Or campaign finance, or health care, or any number of other things.) It?s illegal immigration and a proposal that has just been cooked up by the Arizona maverick and the Massachusetts non-maverick Sen. Ted Kennedy to grant an amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
McCain and Kennedy argue that their legislation isn?t an amnesty because illegals have to pay a $1,000 fine prior to becoming temporary workers and another $1,000 before getting their green cards. But an amnesty with a small fine is still amnesty. Mark Krikorian of the Washington-based Center for Immigration Studies calls the fine, in effect, ?a retroactive smuggling fee paid to the U.S. government.? The bill could make illegals stand on one foot and wave their arms before becoming legal ? but it would still be an amnesty.