The Former Secretary of State spoke against the party line in an interview with NBC urging his GOP to change tact and support immigration. According to Colin Powell, illegal immigrants should be accepted into society, and moves should be made to open up borders to facilitate legal entry for these men and women. Find out why, and see pictures and video below!

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Bush’s former adviser said he is disappointed in the recent Republican political drift further to the right, and says that his party has become too focused on ideology to connect with the voting American. Immigration, he says, must be supported to maintain a youthful population in contrast to aging the populous in Europe nod Japan.

“We can’t be anti-immigration, for example. Because immigrants are fueling this country. Without immigrants [the U.S.] would be like Europe or Japan, with an aging population and no young people coming in to take care of it. We have to educate our immigrants,” said the former Secretary. “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.”

According to Colin Powell, illegal immigrants must be assimilated into society, and this approach could gain the Republican Party a large base of fundamental support. Despite his allegiance to the GOP, the former Secretary supported Obama in the last elections, calling the President a ‘transformative figure.’

“Some people don’t like what he has done in transformation,” he said. “And it’s caused him some difficulty. But the fact of the matter is, he did put together a health care reform. It’s not perfect. And I think it’ll have to be fixed over time. And a lot of people are not happy with that health care reform. But he did it.”

But, he says, the President has lost some of his magic when it comes to connecting with the American people. And he thinks that this leaves a door open for the Republicans, if his party plays it smart. “Let’s attack him on policy, not nonsense,” he said, referring to the Tea Party pundits who call Obama a Muslim. The Bush-era Secretary of State says he would like to see the Republicans make a strong comeback in the coming elections, and he’s “not about to give up” hope just yet.

What do you think of the comments of Colin Powell on illegal immigrants? His commentary on the party is being lauded as a refreshing, down-to-earth take on the GOP in a time of grand promise and little delivery. What do you think of his opinion of the Grand Old Party? Let me know in the comment section! And don’t miss the pictures and video below!

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