The White House Office of Strategic Initiatives & External Affairs, in a June 14, 2007 email letter to the titled "Spokesman [Nicholas Thompson] for President Bush Posts on Free Republic About Immigration Bill," stated:

“We do not seek to wrongly penalize honest employers who unknowingly hire illegal immigrants, therefore we reserve the right to reduce or mitigate their penalties if the employer can show good faith compliance in following the law.

For those employers who do knowingly hire illegal immigrants, please know that we intend to penalize these employers strongly, and the Administration has already stepped up these penalties in the last couple of years.”

June 14, 2007