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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.