Skip to comments.Powell: Illegals Work on My House
Posted on 09/19/2010 3:37:42 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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 in the U.S. 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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Gee, Powell, you couldn’t find any Americans or Legal residents to do the work? More likely you didn’t want to pay an American or legal resident...
Colin, you should go straight to jail for aiding and abetting illegal activities!
He can’t exactly claim ignorance of the matter.
I don't care what he did forty years ago - how did he advance so far in the military?
Colin, I’m all for immigrant labor.
But they should be legal. You are encouraging criminal behavior by hiring illegals.
How does whether Republicans support or oppose immigration affect the fact that Powell has knowingly hired illegals to work on his house?
Why do these progressives just hate America?
“...can’t exactly claim ignorance...”
No, he can not.
I wonder if he is ignorant of Mexico’s aims in fostering this invasion? Yeah, probably.
The people to notify about this are the IRS. Those illegal workers did not submit W-2 forms, which is a pretty substantial criminal count.
It wouldn’t be the first time he’s screwed his fellow Americans.
I hope talk radio jumps all over this. What a hypocrite.
Hire the unemployed brothers, Powell. You have means thru your lifelong token appointments, so “share the wealth” with the umemployeds who actually want to work for a living.
And remember, your boy told Joe The Plumber that “redistribution of wealth was a good thing”
wow. remember when a remark like that would cost someone his high-profile government appointment? now it’s tres chic.
Well, that figures.
Back in the late ‘90s, many people in both parties thought this jerk should be president, without the benefit of having heard him speak on most of the major issues. Now we’ve gotten to know him much better in recent years.
Americans need to get over the white guilt and stop giving endless benefit of the doubt to every AA who becomes prominent in government.
The Peter Principle.
Who wants to bet Rush leads with this Monday?
They must be black. You know, that’s what matters to him most. I bet Bill Cosby has illegal black people working on his house, too.
What does one expect from this asshat, he voted for an illegal alien for pResident did he not?
Ezactly. Does it matter if you are a D or R?
So he’s paying them cash under the table?? No withholding?
Sounds more like the liberals I know.
His ignorance and non-compliance with law really bothers me! If this is acceptable, then make it law, otherwise enforce it!
The more I read about this kind of blatant ignoring of current law, the angrier I get...and the idiot press just passes it over...
Is it no wonder that we are losing our “Law and Order” society? Is this what they are shooting for?
He was a political affirmative action general.
No, I don't think so. He served two tours in Viet Nam and was injured (and decorated) both times. He is an intelligent and able man, by all accounts.
WTF is he above the law?
Surely you meant Peter’s Corollary...
To be even more specific....Mr Powell your attitude is a major factor in the fact that the unemployment rate among your black brothers and sisters is so high.Get the wet...sorry,"illegals"...out and *black* unemployment *plummets*!
Powel, you dumb bass, are you being intentionally stupid? Immigration is not the problem. Republicans must not become pro-ILLEGAL-immigration like you. It's people like you who are hiring ILLEGAL immigrants. I bet there are plenty of bros who would love those jobs. /s
Calling Powell a "moderate" Republican reminds me of an old Woody Allen joke about his rabbi:
"He was a reformed rabbi. He was a really reformed rabbi. He was a nazi"
I’m sure he pays minimum wage...
Powell is one sorry sack of cow crap.....doom on him .
I would remind folks that Powell, and others just like him politically, were the ones who were feted and elevated in the formerly grand old party throughout the Bush years.
While the voices calling boldly for a necessary return to America’s core principles were ridiculed and silenced.
Mr. Powell, they have status. It’s called illegal invading aliens. What part do you not get?
They may do work around your house but none of them will be working around any property I own.
F you, General. This is my home, my country. You and those like you, and those here illegally will not take my home. I will kill for it, I will die for it, and I'm not alone.
Owner of Riviera Beach company sentenced to 16 months in prison for hiring illegal workers
By JANE MUSGRAVE
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Updated: 2:19 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010
Posted: 7:33 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 2010
The national battle over the government’s inability to stem the tide of illegal immigrants got personal Friday in a federal courtroom.
U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Marra bristled at the suggestion that the government’s time would be better spent keeping illegal immigrants from entering the country than prosecuting a suburban West Palm Beach man for hiring them. Business people such as Mark David, Marra said, are a big part of the problem.
“One of the reason they come is because people hire them,” Marra said. “If people wouldn’t hire them they wouldn’t be coming in droves.”
And, prosecutors said, the 48-year-old owner of Sun Deck Concrete not only hired illegal immigrants but he paid them more than $2 million under the table, which meant he didn’t pay nearly $480,000 in payroll taxes or worker’s compensation insurance.
David’s attorney Bruce Reinhart said his client hired the illegal workers at his Riviera Beach firm because they were longtime friends, good workers and he couldn’t find American-born or documented workers to do the job.
Marra didn’t buy it.
“Mr. David said he needed these workers. That means he needed these worker at a price he was willing to pay,” Marra said. “There’s a profit motive here.”
As to Reinhart’s claim that the practice is widespread in the construction industry, Marra said that’s exactly why David had to be punished.
“People need to know there’s serious consequences for this behavior,” he said.
David, who faced a maximum five years in prison, was sentenced to 16 months behind bars. He has already repaid the IRS and the insurance company. The lenient sentence, Marra said, was spurred by the numerous people wrote letters or spoke on David’s behalf.
Among those who spoke at the hearing was Tory Buckley. His daughter, 17-year-old softball player Amanda, was murdered in 2007. Buckley told how David worked tirelessly to make the Amanda J. Buckley Memorial Field of Dreams in Palm Beach Gardens a reality.
“Why did he do it?” Buckley asked, his voice choked with emotion. “His integrity as a man.”
However, an attorney who represented a former Sun Deck supervisor who helped David mask his hiring practices, said his behavior wasn’t always honorable.
When David discovered that Juan Gonzalez was helping the feds unravel the shell companies he had created to hide his illegal business practices, he fired Gonzalez, said David Garvin, who represented Gonzalez.
Prosecutors acknowledged that Gonzalez, 49, of West Palm Beach, had helped them build the case. Gonzalez apologized for being involved in the scheme. He didn’t ask for mercy.
Still, Marra said, because of his cooperation he would spend less time behind bars than his former boss. He sentenced him to 10 months in prison.
The applicable criminal statute. Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)
This is nothing more that Political Class Corruption at its best; well timed to play distraction for his favored Obamination who unilaterally took it upon himself to delete the word Creator from the Constitution.
So now the political class will be coming forward to hire everyone who is not a legitimate immigrant or citizen in support of undermining America. Although I suspect he is running cover for someone else or some other political agenda why else would he even bring this up, if he knew and paid the taxes no one would be the wiser.
Everyone that knowingly hires an illegal is complicit in the horrific exploitation that migrants experience at the hands of the cartels and coyotes, such as the recent slaughter of the 72 Central and South Americans found in that mass grave.
Blood on YOUR hands, Mr. Secretary.