Immigration bill backers say not all back-taxes will be paid

It’s time for our drinking game. Every time a politicians uses the phrase “living in the shadows“, you have to take a shot.

The Senate immigration bill’s authors acknowledged Tuesday that their legislation does not require illegal immigrants to pay all back taxes, saying it would be too difficult to make them ante up everything they might owe.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat who is chief sponsor of the bill, said illegal immigrants by definition are living in the shadows, and requiring them to reconstruct their pay history could be tough — and potentially keep many of them from legalization.

Wow, it didn’t take long for the Great Watering-Down to begin. Once this thing passes, it will be continuously watered-down by subsequent bills, amendments, and the like.

And the more watered-down it becomes (inevitable), the more it will become clear what it truly is: amnesty.

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