While President Bush has insisted the immigration reform package he's promoting in the Senate does not provide amnesty for illegal aliens, he made an apparent slip of the tongue today that suggested otherwise, catching the attention of the bill's fervent opponents.
At a briefing today at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the president
said: "You know, I've heard all the rhetoric – you've heard it, too – about how
this is amnesty. Amnesty means that you've got to pay a price for having been
here illegally, and this bill does that."
A contributor to an ABC News blog forum acknowledged it likely was a "slip of the tongue" but charged the president "knows what he is doing is wrong."
It is wrong. There is no question about it.
The House GOP thinks so:
House Republicans disapprove of the Senate immigration bill that is expected to go back to the floor for debate Tuesday afternoon, according to a resolution that was floated during a House GOP meeting Tuesday morning.The one-line resolution, which simply reads, “resolved the House GOP Conference disapproves of the Senate immigration bill,” was offered by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.). It is expected to pass the House Republican Conference by a large margin when the body meets again Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m., despite the fact the Senate bill’s language has yet to be finalized.
We need to keep pressure on the Senate. The time has come to start pressuring members on the House. Do so here.