Barbour, who was quite open in his belief that the country needs more low-skilled workers to do awful jobs for low wages.
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Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, former head of the Republican National Committee, now a political fixer and influential voice in GOP circles, says he first became seriously interested in immigration policy after Hurricane Katrina.
Thousands of homes in Mississippi were destroyed, “down to the slab,” Barbour said at a recent conference on immigration hosted by National Journal in Washington. Construction workers were overwhelmed; many were homeless themselves. And then, almost out of nowhere, came help.
“We were blessed with a huge influx of Spanish speakers, and I’m sure a lot of them weren’t in this country legally,” Barbour said. “I don’t know where we would be in Mississippi if they had not come.”
The “Spanish speakers” were willing to live in terrible conditions while at work building new homes. The experience led Barbour — who favors raising the number of high-skilled immigrants admitted to the United States — to realize that “there is also essential lesser-skilled labor that we need.”