Colin Powell: I Don’t Hire Illegal Aliens
September 20, 2010
US (ChattahBox Political News) – General Colin Powell was on Meet the Press this weekend, and made a comment ab0ut his hiring of illegal aliens, while speaking of his support of the DREAM Act. But now he has come forward to say he does not purposely hire illegal workers, and that he misspoke.
Powell has long been a supporter of immigration reform, and the DREAM Act is one of his biggest missions. The program would allow immigrants under the age of 30 who had come here while underage gain legal status if they either agreed to join the military, or went to college and paid the full price of tuition.
The son of two Jamaican immigrants who moved to New York in the 1930′s, Powell believes that education and legal status will solve the issue of immigration in the U.S., not deportation and border control.
However, he said this afternoon that his comments on Meet the Press were not accurate, when he said that he hires illegal immigrants for jobs around his home.
“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,” he was quoted by USA Today.
General Powell was the Secretary of State in the Bush-era White House until 2004, when he resigned. He has been a prominent military and political figure, and has previously been considered as a possible GOP nominee for public office. In recent years he has become known as a moderate, and has spoken out against the radicalization of the Republican Party.