September 20, 2010
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said over the weekend that he has illegal immigrants working on his house.
“;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,”; he said on NBC’s Meet the Press.
The DREAM effort to legalize criminal behavior is “;bi-partisan.”; It was cooked up by Sen. Orin Hatch, a Utah Republican, and Sen. Richard Durbin, an Illinois Democrat.
The DREAM Act web portal teaches “;undocumented students”; how to break the law, including how they can receive in-state tuition and fleece legal U.S. citizens. The site also urges illegal aliens to contact Congress and tell them to pass the DREAM Act.
Last week Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will add the amnesty legislation as an amendment to the defense authorization bill. Reid had previously expressed doubt that he could find the votes to pass the act.
Polls reveal Americans are opposed to allowing illegal aliens from attending public colleges. A Quinnipiac University national poll conducted earlier this month indicated 68% of Americans oppose granting “;amnesty”; to illegal immigrants and favor stricter enforcement of immigration laws. By a 60%-to-28% margin, respondents disapproved of the way Obama is handling illegal immigration, the poll found.
A McClatchy-Ipsos poll conducted in May showed that 64 percent of registered voters support Arizona’s immigration law and would back similar laws in their own states.
Moreover, a Rasmussen poll determined in 2007 that voters oppose the Dream Act Amnesty by 59% vs. 22%. “;Parallel polling also indicated that support for versions of Amnesty was much softer than the intense opposition to Amnesty. Many Americans fervently oppose illegal immigration and any form of Amnesty for illegal immigrants because they are aware of the detrimental impact both have on American citizens and the health of America as a nation,”; notes ALIPAC, the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC.
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On Sunday, Powell chastised Americans for opposing illegal immigration. “We can’t be anti-immigration,” Powell told NBC, blurring the line between illegal and legal immigration. “Immigrants are fueling this country. Without immigrants, America would be like Europe or Japan with an aging population and no young people coming in to take care of it. We have to educate our immigrants. The DREAM Act is one way to do that.”
Powell did not address the fact that allowing illegal immigrant students will encourage even more illegals to enter the country.
“;Congress needs to look toward an immigration system that enforces rule of law, maintains security, and promotes the economy. Such a system can be achieved by robustly enforcing immigration laws, securing the border, reforming the visa system, and working with Mexico and other appropriate countries on law enforcement/public safety issues as well as free market initiatives,”; the Heritage Foundation explains on its website.
Following negative reaction to his comments, Powell’s office said that he “;misspoke.”;
“;I don’t hire illegal immigrants,”; Powell said in a statement today. “;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,”; reports USA Today.
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