Drudge Responds To Senate Passage Of Immigration Reform With Amnesty Falsehood
The Drudge Report highlighted the Senate passage  of a comprehensive immigration reform bill by reviving the falsehood that the legislation amounts to amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Drudge announced  the news with the headline, "Amnesty Clears Senate":
Right-wing media have  repeatedly invoked  the amnesty falsehood to attack the bill, when in fact the Senate proposal requires immigrants who are in the country illegally to meet a number of requirements before they can apply for citizenship. Some of those conditions include  passing criminal and security background checks, paying significant fines, and going through a waiting period that stretches to as far as 13 years.
Experts have further explained  that the path to earned citizenship as outlined in the Senate bill cannot be equated with amnesty. As Cato Institute immigration policy analyst Alex Nowrasteh noted  of the Senate bill: "If it was amnesty they would be legalized immediately with no punishment, no process. They would just be forgiven and handed a green card."