Peter Kirsanow of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is disturbed by recent efforts in Congress to force a vote on immigration that would not address the many border security demands that President Trump has requested. He wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan this week asking him to clamp down on any immigration vote that did not prioritize the funding of a border wall above the amnesty of DACA recipients. In doing so, he drew attention to the many ways that illegal immigration negatively affects unskilled workers, including many African-Americans and other minorities at the bottom of the employment food chain.
“The negative impact of illegal immigration on unskilled and low-skilled American workers has been established by various studies and discussed in numerous hearings, including, but not limited to, a 2008 Commission briefing,” wrote Kirsanow. “The testimony at the briefing indicated that illegal immigration disproportionately affects the wages and employment opportunities of African- American men.
“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,” he continued. “Before the federal government decides to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, due deliberation should be given to what effect such grant will have on the employment and earnings prospects of low-skill Americans generally and black Americans specifically. I submit that granting such legal status is not without substantial costs to American workers.”
In keeping with this deliberation, Kirsanow asked Congress to confirm that before they pass any DACA deal, they ensure that border wall funding is included, E-Verify measures are required of all U.S. employers, and the RAISE Act limiting legal immigration is passed on to the president’ desk.
This is an extraordinary argument against amnesty and it’s one that the mainstream media is loathe to entertain. This is the kind of argument that groups like the NAACP and Black Lives Matter should be getting behind…and yet they are silent. Worse, they are fully in favor of amnesty, knowing that it will have a devastating impact on the very people counting on them for political support. We would call this a shocking tragedy were it not for the fact that these groups – including the Democratic Party – have been screwing African-Americans over for decades, telling them all the while that they are their only hope for liberation.
As for the Republicans trying to force a vote on these bills through the use of a discharge petition, we have nothing but contempt. Whether they are pandering to Hispanic demographics in their districts or doing the bidding of the Chamber of Commerce, they are betraying the will of the American people who voted for Donald J. Trump and betraying the future of this country with their short-sighted greed. They should be ashamed of themselves, one and all.