Amnesty for illegal workers is not just a slap in the face to black Americans. It's an economic disaster,... I see illegal immigration and the adverse impact that it has on the political empowerment of African Americans, and the impact it has on the job market.''
In NumbersUSA President Roy Beck's 1996 book, The Case Against Immigration, he argued that the asset deficit that plagues a significant portion of today’s Black Americans was created to a large degree by the mass immigration that occurred between 1865 and 1924.
The unemployment situation across America is bad, no
doubt. But for African-Americans in some cities, this is not the great
recession. It’s the Great Depression.
Take Charlotte, N.C., for example. It is a jewel of the “new South.”
The largest financial center outside of New York City, it's the showcase
for next year’s Democratic National Convention. It was a land of hope
and opportunity for many blacks with a four-year college degree or
According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, in
Charlotte, N.C., the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 19.2
percent. If you add in people who have given up looking for jobs, that
number exceeds 20 percent, which, according to economists Algernon
Austin and William Darity, has effectively mired blacks in a depression.
The recession has compounded a decades-long problem for black workers, who began the downturn facing a far higher jobless rate than the general population and have fared worse since.
Now experts are worried that many blacks will remain in crisis even as the economy begins to recover, largely because the recession has eliminated so many working-class jobs in sectors like manufacturing and retail that are likely to come back slowly, if at all.
"Though blacks have long worried that the country’s growing foreign-born population, especially its swelling rolls of illegal immigrants, harmed their economic prospects, they have also followed their political leadership in backing liberal immigration policies. Now, however, as new waves of immigration inundate historically African-American neighborhoods, black opinion is hardening against the influx..."
The City Journal via FrontPageMagazine.com; January 28, 2008
"Tancredo said he gets 'insulted' every time he hears that illegal immigrants are working jobs American citizens won't take. 'I've done those jobs, you've done those jobs, our kids have done those jobs,' he said."
"Among students at 28 top U.S. universities, the representation of black students of first- and second-generation immigrant origin (27 percent) was about twice their representation in the national population of blacks their age (13 percent). Within the Ivy League, immigrant-origin students made up 41 percent of black freshmen..."
"Black American scholars such as Henry Louis Gates and Lani Guinier, two Harvard University professors, have said that white educators are skirting long-held missions to resolve historic wrongs against native black Americans by enrolling immigrants who look like them..."
"'This issue is not new; this preference for immigrant workers over native African-American workers is historical,' said Frank Morris, a former associate dean at the University of Maryland, College Park. Morris was also president of the Tacoma branch of the NAACP during the 1960s..."
"The civil rights which each black family earned generation by generation, struggling as citizens under threat of lynching, under threat of fire bombings, under threat of murder... but as citizens is being compared to illegal aliens who want "civil rights" that are not only not earned but they aren't warranted without citizenship..."
Black Americans on Immigration - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Results from the California Field Poll released on April 11, 2006:
66% would support building a wall along major sections of the
border between the U.S. and Mexico to stop
illegal immigrants from entering the U.S.
59% would impose stiff penalties on employers and
individuals who hire illegal immigrants.
54% would require undocumented workers who have
lived in the U.S. for more than two years, but
less than five years, to briefly leave the
country and report to an American port of
entry where they would be classified as
Only 28% would allow illegal immigrants to obtain a
driver’s license in California.
56% considered immigration a major issue in that year's (2006) upcoming gubernatorial elections.