Re: Felonies and Misdemeanors

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Any time someone complains about the House immigration bill, H.R. 4437, makes illegal immigrants felons, tell them to blame the Democrats.

Tony Blankley mentioned on The McLaughlin Group last week that the Democrats blocked an amendment to the bill to reduce the sentence for illegal entry or unlawful presence from one year (the change that made it into a felony), to six months (a misdemeanor, which is currently the actual maximum jail time for illegal entry).

Intrigued, I looked it up, and it's true. House Amendment 656, introduced by Rep. Sensenbrenner himself, was opposed by 191 of the 202 Democrats, and lost 164-257. Granted, if all the Republicans had voted for it, it would have passed without the Democrats, but that's beside the point: the Democrats voted against this because they wanted to be able to say the Republicans are trying to make all illegal immigrants into felons.

So when Democrats blame the Republicans for this, or say that they opposed the Sensenbrenner bill because it makes illegal aliens into felons, they are lying.

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