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  by  Roy Beck

The news from Raeford, N.C. is so encouraging. Immigration enforcement against the hiring of illegal foreign workers is leading to hundreds of unemployed Black Americans getting jobs and transforming their lives. 

But that is a bad -- even evil -- thing, according to religious leaders like the ones scheduled to go to the White House on Thursday to help decide how to pass an amnesty for illegal aliens this next year.

I don't really think these religious leaders hate the Black American underclass.  But they have abandoned it.

Whether they think about it or not, if these religious leaders are successful , the result will be a stop to the great news happening to jobless Americans in North Carolina and many other places -- and that could be happening to millions of jobless Americans everywhere if the Obama Administration were to make hurting Americans his priority instead of illegal aliens.


The Associated Press is reporting that religious leaders are joining with business leaders at the White House on Thursday to help plan how to persuade the public to go along with an amnesty for illegal aliens.

Is it just me or does it seem a little icky to have major religious leaders colluding with the big business lobby to ensure a continued supply of cheap foreign labor that will also help keep Americans' wages lower?

Although I don't yet know the identity of these religious leaders, I can be pretty sure that none of them takes the side of business on other issues.  It's just that they have such a preference for immigration over all other values that they are willing to regard business lobbyists as their allies.


Franco Ordonez of the Charlotte Observer is giving us a birds-eye view of who benefits when, instead of rewarding illegal immigration, we enforce the laws against it.

House of Raeford, one of the nation's top chicken and turkey producers, appears to be transforming its workforce amid a court fight over federal charges that a subsidiary knowingly hired illegal immigrants.

Current and former workers at the company's main plant in Raeford say the firm stopped hiring immigrants in recent months and let hundreds more go for using fake documents.

Once more than 80 percent Latino, the production floor at the Raeford plant is now up to 70 percent African American, workers said.

“Before there were hardly any African Americans,” said Rashida Grace, 19, a line worker who has been at the plant over a year.

In my book, THE CASE AGAINST IMMIGRATION, I write at some length about the way lax immigration enforcement led to the replacement of native-born U.S. workers during the 1980s and 1990s throughout the poultry-processing industry. Until then, about half the workers were white and half were black.

What I found was that most of the U.S. workers who were displaced by the foreign workers were not able to find other full-time jobs in their primarily rural settings. Their incomes dropped sharply and their dependence on government services rose.

I cited many studies that had found the change of the poultry industry to a primarily foreign workforce had lowered real wages.

The re-opening of poultry jobs to U.S.-born workers in rural communities would be a tremendous boon to the severely-underemployed populations that live there.

In the case of Raeford, the underemployed community is primarily Black.  Thus, Black Americans are reaping the benefits of one of the few places where the federal government has put the pressure on a business to obey the law. 

House of Raeford, a family-run business, has operations in the Carolinas and Louisiana, 6,000 employees and nearly $600 million in annual sales.

Isabel Hernandez said she was fired on April 21 for working with fake documents. Hernandez and others described what she saw as an organized effort to push illegal immigrants out of the plant – a few at a time – so as not to draw much attention or disrupt operations.

“It was very regular,” said Hernandez, who worked under another name. “Every seven days they'd let a few go.”

Raeford Mayor John McNeill said he was unaware of changes in the workforce, but welcomed them if it meant more jobs for Raeford citizens.

“If that's happening, that's good,” he said. “With our unemployment numbers, we need local jobs.”

Lamar McCoy, 25, called the changes long overdue. He said several friends and relatives have gotten jobs recently at the plant, including his brother.

“It's been good for the town, especially black minorities,” said McCoy, who worked at the plant about nine months until this summer. “There are lots of poor black men with not many opportunities…. In a small town like Raeford, there are not many jobs.”

Every gain by those Black citizens of Raeford is opposed by the type of religious leaders heading to the Whtie House.

National leaders of the United Methodists, Lutherans, Unitarian-Universalists, Catholics and Jews routinely decry immigration enforcement as racist, inhumane and against their holy scriptures.

According to them, those Black citizens of Raeford have no right to take jobs at the expense of foreign citizens who have broken immigration laws to get them.  According to these national religious leaders, the 8 million illegal aliens currently holding a job should be given permanent right to those jobs.

With unemployment rates among Black less-educated Americans soaring through the roof, any amnesty and any decrease in immigration enforcement is disproportionately harmful to Black Americans.

I am sure these national religious leaders are not intentionally racist.  But, really, is there anybody in America whose actions are more anti-Black in their consequences?

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

Black Americans
America's Jobless

Updated: Tue, Aug 18th 2009 @ 6:51pm EDT

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Anthony 4862 of MN's picture
Bravo,you're right Roy, unemployment among Black citizens has risen in recent years due to illegal immigration. Less educated Americans both Black and White have a hard time finding jobs even at Temp Services that has been overrun by illegal immigrants. We as citizens of this great country some are vets Black and White have a right to jobs in this country before illegal immigrants.
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture

Everything Roy says is right on the money. From 1980 to 2007 real wages in meatpacking plants have been cut almost in half, and the towns that depend on those plants have gone from middle class to poverty. Unions have been broken and responsible businesses that honored their employees have been destroyed by this predatory hiring.

In some parts of the country, black workers have been systematically replaced by illegal immigrants. I guess that doesn't violate laws against racial discrimination because members of one minority are replaced with members of another. These businesses know all the angles.

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Martin  1153 of WA's picture
The issue of legal American lower wage ethnic groups being singled out by adverse amnesty overpopulation impacts is clear. These lower wage classes have no voice in the Democrat Party, if amnesty is put in place. Absolutely no voice.
Richard 2467 of TX's picture
Roy, this is great news for black workers in Raeford NC. They are lucky to have local officals that want them to have jobs. Jackson & Big Al sold out to special interest long ago. Speaking of jobs, do Obama, Reid & Pelosi want to give all of our jobs to illegal aliens so that we will be screaming for the government run health plan?
Julia 1183 of CA's picture
If we had the names of these so-called religious leaders that are going to D.C we could send them a ton of faxes stating our views and opposition to amnesty for law-breakers, and how we want more jobs for legal workers!
John 0384 of FL's picture
I have spoken with several Blacks I work with to try to get their views on too high legal and illegal immigration. The feedback has been as apathetic as our voting turnouts. I have also asked about WHO will step up to defend the Blacks and help them against immigration, they have no answers. Roy, at least you have stepped up and the town of Raeford. Black citizens from my view here are being pushed farther down than ever before! And as far as "religious" leaders go...I practice my own version of religion, very simple. Do unto others for a starter. I believe in no particular religion and certainly not their leaders(I was raised Methodist). I learned early and evidently took what I WAS taught to be something you utilize EVERYDAY as best you can..not "sometimes", "when you might think about it", etc. Disgusting that so called religious leaders would harm parts of society for the "betterment" of other parts...that is not their "roles" or their "teachings". Pure hypocrites!
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Doyle 1003 of NY's picture
I hope we get names of these individuals so we can fax them our views. American Citizens need the compassion , not the illegals. Many of these illegals know they are breaking our laws, coming over the border,using false documents/identities, etc to work and do other things. They have no regard for our laws so why reward them? We Americans would go straight to jail if we did the things they do. Send the illegal poor population home so they can fight for the rights they deserve in THEIR OWN COUNTRY. Do you think a bunch of Americans can go to Mexico, China, where ever, and demand the same things these people think they can do? Do think Mexico is going to give rights to millions of Americans? NO. We need to fight this nonsense about giving these criminals any birthright citizenship for their kids as they are not lawfully here. I certainly cannot fathom talk of giving them heath care too. I am not black, but I am sooo very happy that many black folks, in the story mentioned, are getting the jobs they always deserved in the first place. The religious leaders maybe should consider moving to these countries so they can fight for their rights there not here in our country.
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Albert 3441 of PA's picture
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Who should know that aphorism better than a clergyman? It warns us to consider ALL the consequences of our actions. It seems like common sense. It’s why we only take 2 aspirin instead of the whole bottle, because nobody would accept the idea that if some medicine is good for us, more must be better. So, why can our clergymen not apply that same logic to immigration? What causes the do-gooders (so called) to run amok? Is it just misplaced idealism or could there be some other, and perhaps more sinister, motive?
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NumbersUSA dmin of VA's picture

Three of the arguements which many in the clergy use to state their case for amnesty are civil rights, human rights, and the laws of God.

George 9871 of GA's picture
African-Americans have been most victimized by racism and recently jobs being taken by illegals. And these people want to go to Washington to stop this?? What in names has happened to this country?? I think about my grandparents who were WW2 veterans passed away few years back. I'm really glad they are NOT seeing this right now! They're in a far better place than being HERE. Place called Heaven where there is NO corruption, hate, betrayal, deception, etc,. I hope Jesus makes his next return soon, real soon. Sooner the better to end this insanity.
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Laurel 6425 of IL's picture
Religious leaders, to some extent, are like politicians because their salaries are dependent on people giving up some of their income. If the congregation dwindles, then money dries up, for them as well as for their church. Dying congregations cannot support a pastor. Most also either live in parsonages (homes owned by the church) or receive a housing allowance. They are "supported" by the church, and sometimes seem naive when it comes to monetary matters. Religious leaders seem to think it is the "duty" of parishoners to give more money to help others, even if they are illegal.
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Nelda 0283 of TX's picture
I agree, the sooner the better. I am so fed up with all the greed. It will be so great to no longer have to deal with what is going on in this country.
Karen 6880 of AZ's picture
Expect we will see Episcopalians priests in Washington representing illegals and rich parishoners. Parishoners have said in AZ Republic newspaper editorial -- well who will do our yards if illegals aren't here? Parishoners from this part of town are very wealthy (think millionaires+)..They need to hire citizens of US and pay the extra hourly rate. Tight wads get rich. do-gooders at expense of others..pretending to help mankind. Same with factory owners who hire illegals and then when raids come, the illegals don't show up for work that day..tip offs' received.
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Gene 69 of CA's picture
The bedrock "civil right" is the right to be gainfully employed. Without that right, all other civil rights quickly evaporate like a pan of water in the hot Texas sun. Maybe that is the plan of the greedy elites that will form the bulk of the invitees on Thursday. The Obama administration has not publicized this meeting. Sadly, I have no knowledge of anyone from NumbersUSA being invited to this closed-door White House meeting starring Janet Napolitano on Thursday. Can you imagine Roy showing his "Gumballs" presentation live at that meeting?
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Linda 7084 of DE's picture
Well, don't just tell us about it..............tell us who, where, when, what to do to FIGHT it...............we don't just need the news, we need shortcuts to Oppose It ! Who are the Religious leaders, how do we contact them, what are the addresses...............we need help to fight.
Terrence 6353 of OH's picture
I agree 110%...remember what Obama said on several ocassions while running for president? He said we need to 'spread the wealth around.' Now you know what he meant by that! Giving illegals and other foreign people American jobs at the expense of American citizens. And that is another reason he and the same cronies (Peloski, Reid, Dodd, etc) in Washington are desperately trying to get this healthcare passed so quickly.
Bill 2708 of NJ's picture
The groups and people opposed to the patriotic actions of this town and company, helping rid this country of criminals, should have their imagration status's checked and take a look at why these groups and people are so against real American citizens being moved from the work force for illegal crimanals to steal our jobs and money.
Beverly 4527 of AL's picture
First of all, we need to stop calling them immigrants, they are Illegal Aliens, most immigrants I have heard from do not wish to be put in the same class with them. And with good reason. Immigrants came here legally, APPLIED for citizenship, studied HARD to pass their tests and learned the language. They did not come in here demanding healthcare, History books with their history in them, interpretors for them in schools and other places, and that we teach their language in OUR schools. Now we have allowed all of this to happen, but it is time now to put a stop to it. And yes Thomas, I think the Media is a good way to go. Generally FOX is willing to cover stories like this one.
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Fenning and Leether  7679 of LA's picture
These Illegal Aliens has come to our country and now all of the tax paying citizens including the Black citizens are paying the piper for their free services. We are in a down economy which can't afford to give our jobs to those that sneak across the border, and have the nerve to make all kinds of demands. We must stop this madness by sealing the border.