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Q Tony, Judge Walton today decided that he will release the letters that were written in the Libby case. When —
MR. SNOW: These are the letters — by background — on behalf of Scooter Libby, these are — yes.
Q On behalf of him and those who weighed in, saying that he shouldn’t have a stiff sentence. When they are released, will we find out that the President and Vice President wrote letters?
MR. SNOW: Well, I think you’ll just have to wait and see. I actually do not know who wrote letters, but we’ll all have an opportunity to see them.
Q You don’t know whether the President —
MR. SNOW: No, no, I really don’t.
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Q Tony, the Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, has written a couple of letters to President Bush, I don’t know if you’re aware of them, but he’s asking for personal assurances from the President that the National Guard troops, before they get deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq, the equipment be there and that the training be adequate before they’re sent off.
MR. SNOW: Okay. I’m not aware of the Governor’s letter, but we have always made it clear that nobody goes into combat without sufficient training and equipment, period.
You Have To Wade Hip-Deep Through The Bullshit, But Eventually You Will Find That Les Asked A Good Question Today
Q Okay. In Georgia, the President declared those determined to find fault with this bill will always be able to look at a narrow slice of it and find something that they don’t like. But Chairman Bilbray, a Republican of California, said amnesty for 12 million to 20 million illegal aliens — immigrants isn’t a narrow slice, Mr. President, it’s the whole darn pie. And my question —
MR. SNOW: Well, and again, I think —
Q And my question —
MR. SNOW: Oh, I’m sorry.
Q What is the President’s response to this and to Republican — another Republican, Congressman Bill Sali, who said, “I can safely say that the number one issue with my constituents is immigration, which is no small slice of pie”?
MR. SNOW: Yes, and on the other hand — let’s take a look at two things. There’s no amnesty here. Right now a lot of times “amnesty” is used as shorthand for saying, we don’t like the bill. Let me put it this way, Les. If you look up the dictionary definition of amnesty, it means total forgiveness of a crime. What you have here is a crime for which there was no punishment originally. Now what we’re saying is everybody who came across the border, number one, you pay a thousand dollar fine. Number two, you are on permanent probation. If you break the law, you’re deported. If you do not maintain a job, you are deported. If you do not learn the English language, you’re deported. If you do not subject yourself to a criminal background check, you’re deported. If you do not have an ID that allows us to trace who you are, where you are, for whom you work, you are deported.
In other words it sets up a very strong series of tests, A, for people who want to remain on American soil. And then if you wish to become a citizen, you have to start with the $4,000 fine, you have to start with a $1,500 application fee. There’s also conversation about paying back taxes.
Q What percentage of the illegal aliens do you think are going to go through all of that?
MR. SNOW: Well, the percentage —
Q If they were illegal to begin with, what percentage do you think are really going to go in for all of that?
MR. SNOW: All of them are going to have to, Les. That’s what the law says.
Q You don’t estimate how many will.
MR. SNOW: What you estimate is that you’re putting together a system where they’re all going to have to.
Right. Of Course, The System In Place Today Requires That All Immigrants Have To Enter The Country Legally. If Wishes Were Ponies…