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In the immigration fight, blacks may lose economically

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The current crisis over immigration may impact low income blacks the most. The question has to be asked; where are these new immigrants going to work? Blacks historically have been some of the main workers of low-end jobs but with the influx of a new immigrant workforce, these jobs will become more scarce.

The warning bells were sounded about the economic impact in 2013 by attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Peter Kirsanow. He and two of his fellow commissioners, Abigail Thernstrom and Gail Heriot wrote a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus which stated some highly relevant facts:

  • Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force. 
  • 50.9 percent of native-born blacks had not continued their education beyond high school
  • 75.5 percent of foreign-born Hispanics had not been educated beyond high school
  • These poor educational attainment levels usually relegate both African American men and illegal immigrant men to the same low-skilled labor market, where they must compete against each other for work
  • A 10 percent immigrant-induced increase in the supply of a particular skill group is associated with a reduction in the black wage of 2.5 percent, a reduction in the black employment rate of 5.9 percentage points, and an increase in the black institutionalization rate of 1.3 percent.

These facts are not lost within the black community. Recently Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke out for an aid package for the city of Chicago, which is dealing with high crime, unemployment and lack of opportunity among the city’s poor. The immigration crisis is even changing the way many mainstream media outlets are reporting on the issue. CNN columnist Sally Kohn wrote in a recent article, “The i-word is un-American,” that using the word illegal is the same as using the n-word. In her article she writes, “Today, most people find the n-word and the f-word incredibly offensive. Let’s hope that most, if not all people will feel the same way about the words “illegals” and “illegal immigrants” in the not too distant future.”

But fundamentally the question has to be asked. Are there enough low-skill jobs for blacks and illegal immigrants who may be granted amnesty? These discussions and statistics seem to pit black against brown once again in the racial culture of America.



4 Comments

  1. sugarbutterbean on July 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    texas is already saturated with mexicans they own businesses and they have their foot planted a high percent of them came illegal and became somewhat legal by getting a social security so they can work , women are given a pass all the time .. where will these people live right now they are held up .. and didnt get to go to family homes in which is why they headed to united states to be with family the goverment is holding them in a prison like stay until they can figure what to do ,, i think they will try to blend them in mainstream and its gonna blow up we have ahugh illigal immigrants in texas and california already that is why california is tripping they dont want them over there its to many already they lay out in parks on street corners and full up homeless shelters , and this is what obama administaration needs to deal with .. he has the same issue bush had with katrina this will really measure who he is as a president .NOW OBAMAS FEET ARE TO THE FIRE ,.. he is gonna be measured by how he deal with this and if i was him ,since he dont need mexican votes next term hes gone out the white house he might as well stab the mexicans in the back .and load up trucks and plans and send their asses back over the boarder , they dont need no politiacal asylum no one wants to kill them mexico just want to get rid of them because of over population and all

  2. sugarbutterbean on July 11, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    obama dont be no fool .. .SHIPP THEM BACK SWIFTLY AND EFFECTIVELY ..IT WILL COST US BUT ONCE THEY ARE BACK IN MEXICO NOT OUR ISSUE MEXICO HAS A SORRY PRESIDENT … REALLY … WE HAVE ENOUGH ISSUES WITH GETTING OUR BOYS FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO GOOD JOBS …. AND THERE IS HIGH CRIME OVER HERE NO ONE THINKS ABOUT ALL THE CRIME THOSE IMMIGRANTS ARE BRINGING SOME ARE CRIMINALS .. AND THEY WHITES TALKED ABOUT KATRINA VICTIMS BEING A PROBLEM …? WAIT TIL THEY START PUTTING THESE IMMIGRANTS IN NEBRASKA hawaii, and idaho , and COLORADO WHERE MOSTLY WHITES LIVE . we will see if its not a problem, and whites will go to congress and rally .. … DETROIT IS SUFFERING ECONOMY WISE ALREADY .. TEXAS IS RICH BUT BLACKS STILL ARE THE LOWEST PAYED IN CITYS LIKE DALLAS AND HOUSTON ..MEXICANS GOT ALL THE JOBS ALREADY in OUR BIG CITIES , EVEN WORKING AT CITY HALL IWTH NO PAPERS ! REALLY …. , EVEN IN THE TAX PAYING BUSINESS ,NANNY SERVICE .. YARD SERVICE MAINTENCE MEN FOR APARTMENT COMPLEXES IN TEXAS THEY HAVE ALL THE DAM JOBS . .SO black are suppose to worry … about this is a crisis for our young kids getting outta school now .. its gonna be devastating and your gonna blame obama , i hope he sends them all back watch whites start complaining …

  3. butterbeansuga on July 13, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    YES BLACKS WILL LOSE BUT WHY ARENT WE OVER THERE , WITH THAT WHITE MILITA GROUP WITH GUNS , WE ARE PUNKS .. BLACK MEN ARE OPPORTUNIST AND PUNKS .. WE DONT FIGHT FOR WHAT WE SHOULD FIGHT FOR …. NOW YOU GOT THE KKK OVER THERE AT THE BORDER PEOPLE TAKE OFF FROM JOBS AND BUSINESS O TO STOP THEM MEXICANS FROM COMING OVER HERE .. THATS A SHAME BLACKS SIT BACK AND DO NOTHING MEAN TIME … CRIME WILL RISE IN BLACK CITIES , BLACK MEN WILL GET MORE INTO DRUGS AND BE LOCKED UP CAUSE NO JOBS … THOSE SAME CHILDREN WE INVITED HERE WILL TAKE JOBS FROM YOUR HIGH SCHOOL KID BY THE TIME HE GRAUDATE FROM SCHOOL SAD ..

  4. butterbeansuga on July 13, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    SO ISNT THAT WHAT MY LAST BLOGG SAID I SAID THIS WHEN THEY START COMEING TO STATES OUTSIDE OF TEXAS IS WHEN YOU BETTER WORRY … AND IT HAPPEN JUST THAT WAY CHICAGO GO A PROBLEM WITH THEM SENDING 400 MEXICANS THERE