Friday, June 02, 2006

Senate immigration bill unconstitutional

Oops. The Washington Times:
The long-fought Senate immigration bill that opponents say grants amnesty to 10 million illegal aliens is unconstitutional and appears headed for certain demise, Senate Republicans now say.

A key feature of the Senate bill is that it would make illegals pay back taxes before applying for citizenship, a requirement that supporters say will raise billions of dollars in the next decade.

There's just one problem: The U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits revenue-raising legislation from originating in the Senate.

"All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives," according to the "origination clause" in Article I, Section 7.

2 Comments:

Blogger Kvatch said...

True enough. Surprised the Times reported it unless they're angling for the bill's defeat. I haven't been keeping up on this, so am not clear which bill is the more extreme.

But, that said, the Washington Times don't print nothing without an agenda. So maybe the question answers itself.

3:45 PM  
Blogger copy editor said...

House bill is enforcement only. Senate is a compromise. Times is anti-Senate, if it's anything. So, you got it.

4:22 PM  

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