During a speech yesterday before a Hispanic caucus at the Democratic National Convention in Denver Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, signaled that if elected her husband would attempt to grant amnesty to every illegal alien in the United States.

Obama stated that "we would have an immigration policy that brings 12 million people out of the shadows" and that "Hispanics should not have to live in fear of raids by immigration agents."

Michelle Obama went on to say that "Hispanics are often the first to suffer in an economic downturn and the last to benefit during a recovery." While it is understandable that Obama is trying to court Hispanic voters, her remarks on Hispanic employment appear incorrect.

The most recent data from the U.S. Department of Labor puts the Hispanic unemployment rate at 7.6% and the African American unemployment rate at 10.9%. The most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau places Hispanic poverty rate at 21.5% and the African American poverty rate at 24.5%. When one examines this and other data, it is clear that African Americans are the more economically vulnerable group.

Click here to read about Michelle Obama's speech, here to examine the current poverty figures, and here to examine different unemployment rates.

Barack Obama
Presidential Campaign

Updated: Thu, Apr 23rd 2009 @ 11:15am EDT