Immigration Bill Authors Now Say Payment of Back-Taxes Not Required of Illegal Aliens

Senator Charles Schumer (D–NY)Washington Times – Having illegal aliens pay their back taxes before qualifying for citizenship was supposed to make amnesty more palatable to the majority of skeptical Americans. Now the Senate immigration bill’s authors acknowledge that their legislation does not require illegal immigrants to pay all back taxes, saying it would be too difficult to make them ante up everything they might owe.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, the New York Democrat who is chief sponsor of the bill, said illegal immigrants by definition are living in the shadows, and requiring them to reconstruct their pay history could be tough — and potentially keep many of them from legalization.
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