- Associated Press - Sunday, September 19, 2010

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.

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