"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," Bush said, according to the official White House transcript.
Of course, even when Bush is accidentally telling the truth, he's lying. This bill gives instant amnesty to illegals without making them pay the $5,000. In the final bill, the $5,000 may buy a Z-visa or a path to citizenship, but make no mistake: 12 to 20 million illegals will get instant amnesty, and don't expect to see 12 to 20 million $5,000 cashier's checks.
Do they actually think we are stupid enough to believe they will start enforcing immigration laws against the vast majority of illegal aliens who can't come up with $5,000?