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Let’s talk about Trent Lott for a few moments, from a somewhat personal perspective. Hurrican Katrina affected a lot of my husband’s family members; my inlaws. Three sisters, his mother, his father and his wife, and his three step brothers all suffered from Katrina so I have a slightly different look at it from the outside than many others might have… although nowhere near as good a perspective as those who lived through it.

Trent Lott made a real name for himself during that time, standing often upon the Gulf Shore in Mississippi. He talked a great game for sure and people looked up to him. So did Hayley Barbour whom many have forgotten since talk of the deadly hurricane has gone the way of other news of import.

Among the talk was calls for skilled trades workers to help come clean up the mess and rebuild. People started pouring in and were turned back, told they were no longer needed. Now, the reason why they weren’t is because while making those news stories calling for help, they were importing illegal aliens to do the jobs “Americans won’t do”. Now this is something not on the hush-hush with the MSM although it wasn’t given a great deal of coverage. One does have to wonder if Trent Lott saw the “value” of the labor of illegal immigrants at the time, keeping more dollars in his own pockets rather than cost effective for the state.

I don’t think any of the savings went to the state because: My father-inlaw is still waiting for assistance from the FEMA since his house was flooded, his roof damaged, and eventually knocked partially off its foundation. FEMA at one point told him he made too much money (He’s in his seventies and a retired war veteran) while awarding another man some $45,000 (who makes much more money than my father-inlaw). My father-inlaw and his wife live in that house, although it should be condemned, because it’s all they have. Neither are in very good health and I often wonder if FEMA is hoping they’ll die off before such stories become more scandals to add to FEMA’s woes. In addition to their tribulations, one of the sons suffered a stroke and spent time in the hospital. Another cut himself badly trying to repair the roof during the storm and had to spend time in the hospital. The third broke, iirc, his leg trying to repair the roof after the storm.

Another thing that happened during that time, in a different state, my mother-inlaw lost a good portion of the roof on her house. She had to stand out in the broiling sun to sign up for aid while constantly pushed to the back of the line because: “She wasn’t as needy as others.” My mother-inlaw gets around with the aid of a walker. Three days she stood in line just to be pushed further back. She finally gave up as her health deteriorated further from such treatment. I wrote letters and called people from here to get her the help she needed.

Now, given these circumstances, one must look at Homeland Security, under which FEMA now falls, and wonder how will they do anything towards securing the nation when FEMA, Trent Lott, and others handling the Katrina disaster were making use of illegal aliens to edge out citizens who were ready, willing, and able to do “the jobs for which they were turned down.”

Perhaps this small look into the world after Katrina explains some little bit about Trent Lott’s outlook toward illegal immigration. I have to confess I don’t know what his views were before Katrina because I’m not from Mississippi but perhaps…

Oh, by the way, I heard several complaints yesterday that calls to Trent Lott’s phone number gets you the automated message:  “no longer in service”. I haven’t tried it, yet, but will later today.

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