Colin Powell said in an interview on “Meet the Press” that he knows illegal immigrants do essential work in this country because he employs them as well. From the Washington Times:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday said illegal immigrants do essential work in the United States and that he has firsthand knowledge of that — because they fix his house.
A moderate Republican, Mr. Powell urged his party to support immigration generally because those who come from abroad are, in his words, “what’s keeping this country’s lifeblood moving forward.”
Mr. Powell said a path to legal status should be offered to illegal immigrants because they do work that needs to get done.
At his own house, he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” illegal immigrants are always around when he needs work done.
He did not specify whether he hired them directly or they showed up with contractors.
Illegal immigrants are always around when he needs work done?
Well, I’ve got news for Mr. Powell, LEGAL citizens are also always around in this country. And given the economic situation we’re presently in, there are a number of them looking for work.
In addition, there are all sorts of businesses who do home repair. The same businesses that are REQUIRED by the government to obtain licensing, pay payroll taxes at a minimum wage or higher and adhere to fair labor laws the government enacted!
Of course illegals are cheaper to use, they don’t have to follow any government rules to work. The fact that they don’t adhere to governemnt labor laws means they can undercut prices and make it harder for legally operating businesses to stay in business and keep employing LEGAL residents.
You, Mr. Powell, are part of the problem.