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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

RARE MOMENT OF HONESTY

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The hypocrisy displayed by many members of Congress who want to see a crackdown on employers who hire illegally present immigrants really gets my goat. I would venture a guess that a sizable majority of them have had such workers mow their lawns, watch their kids, clean their houses, put on their roofs, etc. And just because they paid a contractor or only had them working part time and paid in cash doesn't make them less hypocritical. So I was VERY pleased to see Colin Powell on Meet the Press on NBC yesterday admit what others won't:



Former Secretary of State Colin Powell says illegal immigrants do essential work in the U.S. and he has firsthand knowledge of that -- because they fix his house.


Powell, a moderate Republican, urged his party Sunday to support immigration generally because it is "what's keeping this country's lifeblood moving forward."


In an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," he said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they "are doing things we need done in this country."


He added: "They're all over my house, doing things whenever I call for repairs, and I'm sure you've seen them at your house. We've got to find a way to bring these people out of the darkness and give them some kind of status."



 


 

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  1. Jack's Avatar


    While Greg was VERY pleased about the part which sounded like enthusiastic illegal hiring, Powell now sounds embarrassed if that is how he came across:


    Statement of Clarification from Gen. Colin Powell (Ret.)

    .updated 9/20/2010 3:47:23 PM ET

    I don't hire illegal immigrants. On Meet the Press yesterday, I referred to illegal immigrants working around my house. I was referring to the many service contractors who work in my neighborhood, using mostly immigrant workers, who do good work. Some may well be "illegal."

    There are 11 million illegal immigrants in this country and most are working somewhere in our economy."




  2. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    Jack, you are confusing embarrased with humbled. Who do you think pick food you eat and put up roof over your head?
  3. Another Voice's Avatar
    Too bad that General Powell is way out of the main stream of the current republican party I bet you they do not even consider him one of their own anymore!!!
  4. Another Voice's Avatar
    Jack embarrassed or not Powell was stating the obvious reality of America. Regardless of your interpretation, what he said remains true and is a reality that America refuses to come to terms with including yourself.
  5. Jim's Avatar
    "I bet you they do not even consider him one of their own anymore!!!"

    They already threw him out of the bus when he endorsed Obama 2 yrs ago.
  6. frank bowers's Avatar
    To those who say "who picks the vegetables, fruit and other items' and who put the roof over your head". That my friends is stupid and shows that that person is an illegal or an anchor. That is the cry of many. THE REAL FACT IS THEY WORK FOR PEANUTS AND GET PEANUTS FOR PAY. A CITIZEN WHO MUST PAY TAX, TAX AND TAX CAN NOT WORK FOR PEANUTS. The big commercial farms is the problem they hire contractors and the contractors hire illegals. Our govenment need to put a stop to this fact. As for the sheet metal roof over my head I put it on with my son in law. So that is another lie by he who write such crappola.
    We can rid our country of illegal aliens just like we rid Gremany of those illegal aliens following Hitler. YES WE CAN AS LONG AS WE EXCEPT THE DEFEATIES IDEA we will not. Most other nations have and will continue to they think like I "YES WE CAN" LET US NOT DEPEND ON THE POLITICIANS. Frank Bowers of Austin, TX
  7. Legal and no longer waiting's Avatar
    "We can rid our country of illegal aliens just like we rid Gremany of those illegal aliens following Hitler. "

    You mean like Hitler got rid of illegal aliens while he ruled? Because the first thing he has done, he stipped all Jews of their citizenship, declared them illegal, and then started throwing them into the concentration camps. Is that your solution?

    If so, you will end up losing your cushy job, and become one of the fruit pickers or roofers. This will be your only option after 12-24 months of unemployment, which will follow the sharp drop of sales and profit of all businesses due to inability to find workers or customers.
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