I was watching the Congressional floor session yesterday on C-SPAN in which the Sensenbrenner (R-WI) immigration reform bill was discussed. Specifically, the discussion focused on a variety of amendments one of which would make illegal presence in the U.S. a felony.
[bill text here
Side note: It isn`t already a felony? Gee whiz, people...
In any event the part I want to share with you was in the testimony of Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) who is of course, a former immigration lawyer. [email her: firstname.lastname@example.org
She opposed the felony part of the legislation because,"In one shake, we`re subjecting the entire illegal immigration population to criminal prosecution."
[House approves contentious border bill—Measure would build new fences and make illegal immigration a felony
By Michael Doyle / Bee Washington Bureau 12/17/05]
Yeah...note to Zoe: Generally speaking, that`s what happens when you break the law. Maybe you were absent the day it was covered in law school.
Here is the funny part: She referred to illegal aliens as " people who are simply alive in the United States without documents."
Oh Zoe! You are a master
of euphemistic drivel and don`t let anyone tell you otherwise, girl!