“Welcoming” liberals care more about illegal aliens and refugees than Black Americans (part 2)

The Meatpacking industry – first illegal immigration then refugee resettlement displace American workers

Historically, most meatpacking plants were located in urban areas, and in the early 1900’s, blacks migrating north were hired as “cheap labor” and aggressively recruited to break strikes. As demand for meat increased, so did black employment; between 1915-1918, over 6,500 blacks worked in the Chicago meat plants. Between 1909-1928, blacks working in the Chicago meatpacking industry increased from 3 to 29%, gaining “a foothold in the industry.” The percentage of black workers in meatpacking increased again between 1940-1950.

Meatpacking workers outside southern states were represented mostly by two major and competing unions. One of them, the Packinghouse Workers of America successfully unified the black and white workers as bargaining units and by 1940 also had collective bargaining agreements with the four largest meatpackers in the country. By 1960, the meatpacking industry offered wages approximately 15 percent higher than the average manufacturing wage.

In the 1980s the industry underwent significant changes; meat production shifted from urban to rural areas, new technologies were introduced and demand for meat fell, causing many of the unionized urban plants to close. By 2002, wages in meatpacking had dropped to 24 percent less than the average manufacturing wage.

The Smithfield Plant Raid and black worker displacement

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Between 1990 and 2000, North Carolina had the largest growth of any state (a 394% increase) in the size of its Hispanic population growing from 76,726 to 378,963. By 2000, Hispanic workers became the majority demographic at the Smithfield pork processing plant in Tar Heel, N.C., the largest hog processing facility in the world.

In the early 1990’s, however, most workers at Smithfield were Black Americans. It was during this time as well, that the United Food and Commercial Workers Union lost two organizing elections. During a subsequent lawsuit over the election results, evidence emerged that the company gradually replaced its workforce with illegal immigrants because “…they were more likely to accept low wages and poor conditions and they were vulnerable to…the company’s ‘intense and widespread coercion’ [efforts to defeat union organizing.]”

In January 2007, ICE agents raided the Smithfield plant, resulting in dozens of illegal Hispanic workers being arrested and a few hundred leaving voluntarily to avoid arrest. Vacancies were filled by black workers.

Meatpacking and refugee resettlement

Reports about the meatpacking industry routinely note that it is one of the most dangerous manufacturing jobs in the U.S. But for workers who have little to no education, low job skills and little to no ability to speak English, it offers a decent wage.

Moving the meatpacking industry to rural areas reduced competition for workers and enabled companies to lower wages. In order to avoid the problem of using illegal immigrant workers, meatpacking plants could instead, use refugee workers who unlike American workers, are less likely to challenge wages and working conditions at this time.

The Tyson’s company not only actively recruits refugee workers but will bring them in from other states to work at their plants. They go to great lengths to assist with housing and other adjustment needs.

At a recent conference at the University of Iowa, Rick Rustad, a workplace chaplain at the Tyson plant in Waterloo, about 100 miles away, recalled serving as the plant’s “mobile recruit” for Burmese refugees. He drove a passenger bus to meet with Burmese who had settled in different parts of Illinois, where he offered jobs and brought 30 back to Iowa at a time.”

The Tyson’s plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee saw hiring refugees as the way to avoid hiring illegal immigrant labor. This plant also moved Somali refugee workers from Kansas to Tennessee rather than hire unemployed Tennesseans. The Nashville International Center for Empowerment, a federal refugee resettlement contractor created an employment pipeline between their agency and Tyson’s by having the Tyson’s Human Relations manager serve on its board.

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In 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that the recession was creating greater competition for jobs between native-born locals and refugees at the Shelbyville Tyson’s plant. “Well before the [Shelbyville employment] agency opened that morning, officials from churches and refugee resettlement agencies had transported several vanloads of Asian and African applicants from Nashville.”

Just like the Refugee Resettlement Act of 1980 has facilitated the flow of cheap legal, work-authorized labor for meatpacking plants, so did the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act which provided a blanket amnesty for approximately 2.7 million illegal immigrants.

A 2011 paper “US Construction and Meatpacking” presented at a UC Berkley sponsored conference “Migration and Competitiveness: Japan and the United States” confirmed the impact of both the refugee act and amnesty on the meatpacking industry. It was noted that poultry plant managers in the late 1980’s said Asians and Hispanics had a “‘better work ethic’” than local Blacks and Whites and network hiring among Asians or Hispanics displaced local workers.

The opening lines in a in the Wall Street Journal about the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Greeley, Colorado confirms the changes in the industry – “Here on the outskirts of town sits a sprawling meatpacking plant…where English is hardly the only language spoken inside. Indeed, the union handbook is printed in English, Spanish, Burmese and Somali.”

Other industries

A 2010 Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) compilation titled “Immigration and Job Displacement” notes that Hispanic migrant workers displaced black workers in the Georgia peach industry, and, in 1977, 2,500 unionized black janitors in Los Angeles earning $12/hour with benefits, were displaced by a group of nonunion contractors using Hispanic labor at $4/hour; eight years later only 600 black workers remained.

In his book The American Dream: Can It Survive the 21st Century, Joseph Daleidan notes other industries using unskilled or low-skill workers including garment workers, hotel maids, nursing assistants, and orderlies that have further displaced low and unskilled black American workers.

Daleidan also points out that immigrant-owned businesses are less likely to employ black Americans and that these businesses discriminate against blacks with impunity because state and federal civil rights agencies “turn a blind eye to discrimination by minorities.”

Based on these facts, can there be any question that the globalists, the political elitists, the big business interests, the open border and amnesty advocates like TIRRC and NCLR are acting in their own political and economic interests? Based on facts, can there be any question about who in the U.S. will bear the brunt of policies that bypass our laws that were intended to protect American workers first?

“Welcoming” liberals care more about illegal aliens and refugees than Black Americans (part 1)

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.”

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     Frank Morris and Barbara Jordan

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. 

 

Tennessee’s first sanctuary city suing the state for more education money

Nashville, believing it can skirt state law, doesn’t have written policies that would formally classify it as a sanctuary city – it just acts like one.

The city has an out-of-control progressive mayor. Megan Barry says “it doesn’t matter where you started life or how you got here” and, promises municipal IDs for the “undocumented.”

Pro-illegal immigration organizations like TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition), funded with Soros money are actively connected to and involved with the mayor. TIRRC also gets cash infusions from elitist open border, pro-amnesty organizations including the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

Like one big happy anti-Christian, anti-Zionist, anti-white family, “social justice” groups like Black Lives Matter and the Islamist led groups like American Muslim Advisory Council (AMAC), and American Center for Outreach (ACO), collaborate with TIRRC. Islamists lead TIRRC and leftist Jews fight against Islamophobia and fight for more Muslim refugee resettlement and illegal immigration.

All the while, federal contractors work to load up the city with illegal aliens (the legal term according to U.S. law), and third-world Muslim refugees, to confirm the city is “welcoming” and to make sure that the lines between legal and illegal immigration are sufficiently blurred. The warm bodies are also useful to fill protest rallies.

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce promotes PNAE’s agenda and propaganda about how third-worlders and illegal immigrants are the reason Nashville’s economy has prospered. This reinforces the status of Nashville as a sanctuary city. And the biased Tennessean newspaper publishes this tripe.

Religious groups are doing their part also by reviving radical Alinsky-style groups like NOAH (Nashville Organized for Action and Hope). Alinskys Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) understood the value of penetrating the traditionally conservative political South, especially liberal religious organizations in the Bible Belts buckle of Middle Tennessee.

These liberals in a full left turn, demand that the government perform the charitable work otherwise demanded by their own religious doctrines and their religious organizations. No sanctuary city would be complete without satisfying the leftist standard of ethnic and religious diversity working in unison for “social justice.”

Organizations like TIRRC thrive in sanctuary cities. They use deceitful terms like “family reunification” and “undocumented” to camouflage the fact that they are referring to people who intentionally broke U.S. law and are in Nashville as illegal aliens. TIRRC knowingly omits accuracy in these details when talking to state legislators about issues like in-state college tuition discounts for illegal alien students.

TIRRC claims that one of their legislative victories was compelling the state to increase spending for teaching English Language Learners (ELL) by $30 million dollars. In only four years, the State of Tennessee has increased its ELL spending by another $25 million dollars for a total of $74.1 million dollars in 2016. That doesn’t include the millions of dollars local governments also have to contribute.

TIRRC is hosting this year’s “National Immigrant Integration Conference.” But TIRRC and its ilk define integration strictly in terms of political power, which is why they will talk about municipal IDs for the undocumentedand voting rights for non-immigrants. They promote amnesty for illegal aliens so the illegals can eventually become legal Democrat voters. These are carrots that help build the illegal population of sanctuary cities.

Megan Barry and TIRRC say that the state of Tennessee, i.e., state taxpayers, must spend more money to help the lawbreakers. That’s why Metro Nashville is suing the state for more ELL money.

Nashville has the highest number of students who come from a non-English language background in the state, according to the lawsuit. They make up about a quarter of total Metro Nashville Public School students and include more than 16,000 Spanish speakers, more than 3,000 Arabic speakers and more than 1,000 Kurdish speakers.”

As of May 2015, Metro schools reported that about 13,000 (15.3%) of its students need ELL services, a need that has grown by about 50% since 2009. This is about the same time that Catholic Charities of Tennessee was appointed by the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement to operate refugee resettlement for the state. Coincidence? Maybe.

Couple the increase of ELL numbers with the Unaccompanied Alien Children, (those under age 18 who cross the border illegally without an adult), being delivered to Tennessee with the help of the refugee contractors – over 3,000 between 2013 and 2016. Up to 40% are 15 – 17 years old and are mostly males.

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What percentage of the non-English speaking students, legal and illegal, requiring ELL services have been born in the U.S.? A 2010 study says that 57% were born in the U.S. while only 43% were foreign born. And, 27% were second generation Americans and 30% were third generation!

This is all a progressive-left-Democrat policy. And, now Nashville’s Mayor Megan Barry, wants all Tennesseans to share in it’s cost for her costly sanctuary city.

TIRRC: lawbreaking families should reunite in Tennessee

The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) says amnesty is “family reunification” and illegal immigrants are only “undocumented.” TIRRC, like most leftist groups trying to turn Tennessee a color other than red, is forced to work by deceit because law-abiding Tennesseans are very hard to fool.

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Regardless of TIRRC’s euphemistic labels, the people they endorse, are lawbreakers. They are dishonest, having knowingly and intentionally broken the law to enter our country. There is no commitment to follow U.S. law like honest, hard-working, Tennessee taxpayers who are invested in their communities.

Three years ago in May 2013, Edwin Mejia, a 16-year old “unaccompanied alien child (UAC)” from Honduras, walked across the U.S. border. Federal refugee resettlement contractors take custody of minors like Edwin who enter the U.S. illegally. The contractor then releases the UAC to a U.S. based “sponsor” with little if any vetting of the sponsors. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has the largest contract for these services, receiving $65.9 million in federal tax money to service the UACs in 2012.

Edwin was released to his brother Santos Jesus Romero-Mejia, also an illegal alien who was living in Madison, Tennessee. Actually, “80 percent of the the unaccompanied minors in its care to other illegal immigrants.”

By January 2016, Edwin was in Nebraska, where driving on a suspended license and very drunk and drag-racing, he killed a 21-year old woman who that same night had just graduated from college. The police requested that ICE issue a detainer that would have kept Edwin in jail. But ICE didn’t issue a detainer because Edwin’s “offense did ‘not constitute a crime of violence.’” So Edwin posted bond and was released.

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Mejia and the girl he killed

He’s now on ICE’s most-wanted list for motor vehicle homicide, but authorities believe he has fled to his native Honduras.” Good job ICE, not.

In December 2016, TIRRC will will host the “We the People National Immigrant Integration Conference.” It will be held at the very expensive Omni Hotel in Nashville because they say that Nashville is “the fastest growing immigrant city in the United States, a leading ‘new gateway city’ and model for welcoming immigrants and refugees” (as engineered by social progressives and the establishment globalist right).

They will hold sessions promoting rights for illegal aliens like voting in municipal elections, “fighting criminalization,” and “comprehensive immigration reform,” the amnesty program being pushed by both the progressives and the establishment.

Their overarching goal? Turn a red state blue, but for now they’ll settle for purple, while their favored minority, the illegals, commit crimes against our citizens and escape punishment.

Baltimore and Nashville Mayors – two peas in a leftist pod

Radical leftist mayors of both declining and growing cities have claimed that legal and illegal immigrants can fix both the population gaps and increase economic growth. Just how Angela Merkel fixed Germany?

Refugee resettlement in Baltimore and Nashville

In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said that to revive her city, she needed 10,000 families within a decade to settle there. She saw a movie created by the social engineering organization Next City that promoted immigrants in Baltimore as “key actors in societal change.” The movie was shown at an event sponsored by Islamic Relief USA, an affiliate of Islamic Relief Worldwide that “has been linked to terrorism finance, [and] is now playing a role in helping to settle refugees from terror torn Syria.”

The mayor was convinced that the refugee resettlement program could help her reach the goal.

And sure enough, so far in 2016, over 1,025 refugees were brought to Maryland, including 154 Syrians most of whom are in Baltimore.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry partners with federal contractor Catholic Charities to ensure that refugees continue to flow into her city. She says Nashville should remain open and welcoming to refugees, some of whom she says have become “incredible community leaders.” No doubt she means people like the Kurdish refugee activist who rejects the U.S. Constitution and says don’t call her an American.

And another Kurdish refugee brought the Muslim Brotherhood’s anti-Semitic CAIR director to train high school students in community activism.

Shortly after the November 2015 jihad attack in Paris, Governor Haslam called for a halt to resettling Syrian refugees in Tennessee based on reports about would-be terrorists mixing in with refugee flows. Mayor Barry’s response was, “‘[R]eality, not fear’ should dictate the reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.”

Despite today’s “reality” in France, Belgium, and Germany of multiple deadly jihad attacks, so far in 2016 over 1,170 refugees have been resettled in Tennessee, including 112 Syrians and 132 Somalis.

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Illegal immigration in Baltimore and Nashville

In 2012, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an executive order formalizing Baltimore as a sanctuary city as part of her plan to revive the city’s decline. The mayor told Latinos, in particular, that she is counting on them to help Baltimore gain 10,000 families within a decade.”

Solidifying the city as a destination for illegal immigrants, Baltimore’s City Council will be voting shortly to establish a municipal ID program. This program is like New York’s $13.5 million dollar program which gives illegal alien lawbreakers a “document” so they can take advantage of city services.

During her campaign Megan Barry promised Nashville’s illegals a municipal ID program. Leaders from TIRRC (TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition) who ended up serving on Barry’s transition team, said municipal IDs for illegal immigrants is a “forward thinking” progressive policy that would help illegal immigrants pass for legal residents.

In December 2016, Nashville groups will be hosting the “National Immigrant Integration Conference.” The conference was held in NYC last year and included break-out sessions like illegal aliens voting in municipal elections and economic justice. This year, organizers are adding a new propaganda track on refugee resettlement and a plenary session devoted to strategies designed to change the South’s demographics. That is, turn it’s political color blue.

Baltimore and Nashville mayors also share…

Black Lives Matter protestors and their allied progressive and Islamist groups

    • in Baltimore Rawlings-Blake told police to stand down while rioters looted stores and destroyed property following the death of Freddie Gray

    • in Nashville, the mayor supports screening new police recruits for bias and says she is ready to sit down and dialogue with BLM

Very high rates of “disconnected youth” – Measure of America’s 2015 report defines “disconnected youth” as 16 – 24 year olds who are neither working nor in school. Among the most populous U.S. Metro areas:

    • Baltimore is estimated to have 39,864 in this category; 18.4% are black and 7.8% are white

    • Nashville is estimated to have 29,283 in this category; 17.6% are black and 10.4% are white

And of course, both mayors are heavily invested in the Democratic party; Rawlings-Blake has been the secretary of the DNC since 2013 and just gaveled in the convention after Wasserman-Schultz was booed off the stage. Predictably, Megan Barry is a Hillary delegate.

These mayors see political progressives, refugee Islamic jihadists and illegal immigrants as tools to create urban leftist strongholds. Will Nashville follow Baltimore’s path? In Nashville, these groups are entrenched in the mayor’s inner circle which makes this undesirable outcome a real possibility.