Bush playing both sides of the fence on immigration ...

A couple of weeks ago Ron Brownstein reported in the Los Angeles Times that the most draconian provisions in the Sensenbrenner immigration bill -- the ones that would not only turn illegal immigrants into felons, but would also make anyone who provided them any assistance, from ER personnel to rape counselors to people who hand out meals to the poor, guilty of "smuggling" immigrants (an aggravated felony) -- came from the Whitehouse. Sensenbrenner said on the House floor that Justice had requested the language, and an administration official confirmed it.

It's contradictory; the Sensenbrenner bill would also make the estimated 12 million undocumented immigrants in this country ineligible for the guest worker program that Bush himself has advocated since 2004.

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