The professional left and the establishment right push open borders, amnesty for illegal aliens and increased refugee resettlement. Each one of these programs and the policies they spin off, disproportionately and negatively impact Black American workers.
Immigration laws (addressing both legal and illegal immigration), are supposed to protect American workers. Instead, the benefits are inuring to big business, globalist politicians, and elitist of all stripes.
Low-skilled American workers are penalized
The prosperity and economic security of American workers, especially low-skilled minority workers, is damaged the most by illegal immigration and refugee resettlement. Economists, civil rights advocates and black leadership have repeatedly presented the data – black American workers, especially low-skilled workers, are disproportionately and negatively impacted by legal and illegal immigration.
In 2011 and 2015 Congressional hearings, Dr. Frank Morris, former Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation nailed the problem. He said that the government had a double standard regarding lawbreakers; tough enforcement of drug laws and jail time for crack cocaine, but lax enforcement of sanctions against employers using illegal alien workers, compounded by executive orders for deferred deportation policies:
“The greatest evidence of illegal immigrant worker privilege is the fact that these workers [those granted deferred deportation] who have violated immigration and labor laws (and possibly document fraud laws) are able to keep jobs they were never eligible to get in the first place.”
According to Dr. Morris, organizations like the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) have bullied law-abiding Americans into silence. NCLR supports open borders and speaks against enforcing U.S. immigration laws. In Tennessee, Alinsky tactics of name-calling and bullying are the bread and butter of NCLR’s affiliate the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).
TIRRC and La Raza, whose new president Renata Soto also leads Nashville’s Conexion Americas, try to camouflage their support for open borders, amnesty and opposition to illegal immigration enforcement by promoting “family reunification” and comprehensive immigration reform, aka, amnesty. December 2016, these groups and their coalition partners like Catholic Charities of Tennessee (CCTN) and the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), will host the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Nashville. They will talk about expanding the privileges of legal citizenship to law-breaking illegal aliens.
They are pushing non-citizen voting as a “new frontier for civic integration.” Of course they will need super-progressive mayors like Megan Barry to push through her promised municipal ID for illegal aliens so the law-breakers can pretend to pass for legal residents. TIRRC thinks this idea is “forward thinking” – even if it does discriminate against Black Americans in the job market.
Dr. Morris believes that in the end, failure to enforce our laws diminishes the privileges of legal citizenship (like voting), and are particularly unjust as applied to African Americans. He says that “open borders anarchy makes Americans second class citizens in their own country.”
Democrat Barbara Jordan, respected educator, first African-American woman elected to the Texas Senate, first African-American woman Texas representative in Congress, and first African-American woman to deliver the keynote address at the 1976 Democratic National Convention, was a forceful opponent of illegal immigration.
In 1993, Bill Clinton appointed her to head the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform. Jordan’s position on illegal immigration was:
“…for immigration to continue to serve our national interest, it must be lawful. There are people who argue that some illegal aliens contribute to our community because they may work, pay taxes, send their children to our schools, and in all respects except one, obey the law. Let me be clear: that is not enough.”
“..in order to make sense about the national interest in immigration it is necessary to make distinctions between whose who obey the law and those who violate it…[u]nlawful immigration is unacceptable.”
“Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out, and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”
“…this obligation to immigrants by no means excuses us from our obligations to our own disadvantaged population.”
More recently, a National Academy of Sciences study exposed the “$500 billion Immigration Tax.” The report shows “how legal and illegal immigration transfers $500 billion a year from the wages paid to working-Americans towards companies, firms, Wall Street investors and to new immigrants.” It also shows that the “flood” of low-skill and low-wage immigrants cuts marketplace wages for American workers.
Data released in 2014 by Project 21, a national network of Black conservative leaders, showed that illegal alien migration trending toward urban and rural areas in southeastern states created direct competition with Black Americans for jobs.
Black American workers were also shown to suffer added discrimination in employment because “employers perceive stronger work ethic among the immigrants and a greater willingness to tolerate low wages.”
The same employment effect for Black American workers results from increased legal immigration through refugee resettlement. Many groups of refugees who have extremely low levels of formal education, are predominantly non-English speakers and often are also illiterate in their native language. This results in refugees competing with illegal immigrants and Black American workers for the same types of low-skilled jobs.
For example, in FY2016, refugee contractors were paid to bring 9,020 Somalis to U.S. cities and towns. Available data for approximately half of Somali arrivals shows that 3.68% have no formal schooling, only 34% completed primary school, only 8.4% completed secondary school, less than 1% have any technical training and only 1.26% ever attended college.
But the resettled refugee worker has an advantage when it comes to finding a job in the U.S. Each resettled refugee has a taxpayer-paid-for employment specialist whose job is to get the refugee a job. In cities like Nashville, where a large number of refugees are resettled annually, refugee contractors have aggressively formed relationships with large employers whose jobs require little English or specific job skills. Refugee contractors have established network-hiring with these employers, effectively limiting equal access to these jobs by native-born workers.