The Tortured Reasoning Behind "Conservative" Amnesty Arguments
"[D]oesn't America have at least some responsibility for the presence of these workers? Absolutely our nation has some measure of responsibility for these workers coming, and then staying here. Without question, the issue of personal responsibility is and must always be a two way street. Some might argue about who was more responsible? The undocumented immigrants for coming illegally, or the U.S. for allowing then to come, stay, and work?" asks Robert Gittleson in an op-ed.
"They should, according to the law, be deported . . . However, weighing the fact that our nation was to some degree personally responsible for their illegal presence, a new law, or reform, can measure this mitigating factor in their illegal presence, and find a different path. A conservative path. What I am suggesting is that these people, having admitted to the guilt of being here illegally, should be punished, but to some lesser degree of punishment than deportation, which is life altering for them and their families."
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