From World Net Daily --
Whether the new bipartisan Senate immigration bill amounts to little more than amnesty for the 15 to 20 million illegal aliens residing in the U.S., as critics charge, the measure does offer one kind of amnesty – tax amnesty.
According to the Boston Globe, the Bush administration insisted on the removal of a provision in the initial version of the bill, proposed by Kennedy (D-Mass.), requiring payment of back taxes and any related fines to the Internal Revenue Service as part of the road to citizenship.
While the issue of tax liability was raised during the announcement of the immigration reform proposal on Thursday, the response of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff left some ambiguity.
Referencing illegals who hoped to attain legal status under the Senate bill, Chertoff said, "You've got to pay your taxes."
An inquiry yesterday to the White House by the Globe clarified that Chertoff was only referring to future taxes, not unpaid past taxes.
"It is important that the reformed immigration system is workable and cost efficient," spokesman Scott Stanzel said. "Determining the past tax liability would have been very difficult and costly and extremely time consuming." More....
Difficult & costly to figure out past tax liability? Please, the IRS has no problem figuring out every penny citizens owe!
As for the immigration plan, it should be easy. If you are not here legally, you must leave or be deported. Funny thing is that all these illegals slam the U.S., but want to come live here.