If you’re going to be honest, most of us would have to admit that at one time or another, we’ve had undocumented immigrants working in or around our homes. Whether we’ve done this intentionally, by hiring a housekeeper whom we decided “don’t ask, don’t tell” is the best policy, to hiring a subcontractor to mow lawns or landscape who most certainly has picked up a day laborer or two to help out with a day’s work. Today’s Washington Post highlights the perspective of Colin Powell, who breaks with the American tradition of pretending that we don’t do thing we really do pretty often, and admits that he has hired the undocumented to work on his home.
He does this as an attempt to raise awareness of the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Let’s hope he’s not the last reasonable Republican who’s willing to take a stand.