Just in time for the national celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the U.S. Labor Department reported that the labor force participation rate of black American men is the lowest ever recorded. King, of course, was deeply concerned about justice for all economically marginalized Americans, regardless of race or ethnicity. But he would surely be especially appalled at the virtual abandonment of black men by our country's economic decisionmakers who claim the nation has a labor shortage that demands more foreign labor.
The title of this blog was the choice of priorities that I offered Thursday in the studios of Fusion/Univision in Miami. While this giant ABC-owned network aimed at Hispanic audiences is almost consumed with aiding as many illegal aliens as possible, I tried to raise the idea of helping as many Hispanic Americans as possible.
While Speaker Boehner has made a lot of helpful
promises through this year -- as he has been pounded with citizen
opposition to the Senate's amnesty bill -- he had steadfastly resisted
any pledge that he would never engage Senate leaders in a joint
conference that included their S. 744 legislation.
On this Veterans Day I saw a report that the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans hovers around ten percent. According to NBC, Iraq and Veterans of America (IAVA) founder Paul Riekhoff predicts a "tumultuous" decade for employment-seeking vets.
The super rich -- such as Mark Zuckerberg, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg and Robert Murdoch -- have been sponsoring evangelical lobbyists to persuade Republican U.S. Representatives that the evangelical voters in their political base want "comprehensive immigration reform." But polling finds that giving the super rich what they want would alienate most evangelical Republicans.
We don't take any position on the partial-government-shutdown issues. But we saw sad examples from the reactions of both Parties to the shutdown that too many politicians make the hiring of foreign workers -- both legal and illegal -- their highest priority.
Rallies planned for 150 cities tomorrow as a "National Day of Dignity and Respect for Immigrants" could just as easily be called the "Anti-Labor Day" or the "Immigrant Perpetual Poverty Day." Everything about the rallies is aimed at creating open borders with gigantic future flows of foreign workers that will further depress U.S. wages and force more Americans to become dependent upon the government.
House Democratic leaders introduced their giant foreign-worker bill at noon today and repeatedly claimed that most Americans back their approach of giving lifetime work permits to 11 million illegal aliens and doubling work permits for new immigrants to 20 million over the next decade. But polling on the issue of work permits indicates otherwise.
The moral arguments on immigration that Members of Congress are hearing from Catholic bishops this month are not the ones that most Catholic voters believe are the most important, according to polling of 4,967 Catholic likely voters in 26 politically competitive states. If Catholic voters resist the political pressure from their bishops to support an amnesty, it won't be because the laity refuses to consider the moral issues of immigration but because most of the laity places a higher moral priority on protecting the most vulnerable members of their national community who are unemployed
One of the greatest contributors to the huge civil rights advances in the 1960s was the fact that the United States had a tight labor market that increasingly needed Black American workers, particularly in the South.