Sunday, June 17, 2007

In Defense of Amnesty

Lou Dobbs Tonight once again referred to the immigration bill in the Senate as "amnesty" in spite of the rest of CNN calling it something else. A lot of people are upset about Lou Dobbs. I am not.

Amnesty--or a general pardon of offenses--is exactly what we need for illegal immigrants. Yes, they broke they law but they didn't do anything wrong. They shouldn't be treated like criminals.

The word, however, has a negative connotation (which is good reason to be mad at Dobbs and is probably why it appeared on his show). But it shouldn't, at least not all the time. People get arrested for all kinds of dumb reasons. Suggesting that they didn't do anything wrong (by making them innocent people) is something we should see more of.

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