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Are We Going to Treat Illegals Better Than U.S. Citizens?

Here is what President Bush said in his speech on Monday, May 15:

I believe that illegal immigrants who have roots in our country and want to stay should have to pay a meaningful penalty for breaking the law, to pay their taxes, to learn English, and to work in a job for a number of years. [emphasis added]

Now look at this from item #2 on Senator Charles Grassley's list of the "Top 10 Flaws" in the Senate immigration bill:

Under the bill, illegal aliens get an option to only have to pay three of their last five years in back taxes. Law-abiding American citizens do not have the option to pay some of their taxes. The bill would treat lawbreakers better than the American people.

Even for those who favor comprehensive immigration reform, the idea that illegal immigrants will be granted an "option" to pay back taxes is going to be a tough pill to swallow.