Republican Haley Barbour breaks from his party with his thoughts on immigration reform. With many Politicians on the right hopeful that raising illogical concerns over anchor babies or advocating for amending the constitution will help them in the upcoming elections, at least on Republican doesn’t think so.
In an interview, Governor Haley Barbour (R-MS) condemned those in his party who are working for policies that take advantage of immigrant labor but fail to bring the comprehensive reform the immigration system needs.
Barbour said that politicians need to seek out common sense solutions for the undocumented immigrants in the country “we’re not going to take 10 or 12 or 14 million people and put them in jail or deport them.” He continued, “Some people need to quit acting like we are and let’s talk about real solutions”;
BARBOUR: I’ve had a different experience then perhaps some other governors. I don’t know where we would have been in Mississippi after Katrina if it hadn’t been with the Spanish speakers that came in to help rebuild. And there’s no doubt in my mind some of them were here illegally. Some of them were, some of them weren’t. But they came in, they looked for the work. If they hadn’t been there — if they hadn’t come and stayed for a few months or a couple years — we would be way, way, way behind where we are now. [...]
My idea is everybody from Stanford who’s from India that gets a PhD, we ought to stamp citizenship on his diploma. So instead of him going back to India and starting a business that employs 1,800 people, then he’ll start a business that employs 1,800 people in Des Moines, Iowa, instead of India. A lot of it is just common sense. And common sense tell us we’re not going to take 10 or 12 or 14 million people and put them in jail and deport them. We’re not gonna do it, and we need to quit — some people need to quit acting like we are and let’s talk about real solutions.
Barbour is chairman of the Republican Governors Association Politico calls him “ the most powerful man in Republican politics”.