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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 economic justice for all 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. 

President Obama's and other Democratic leaders' lack of concern -- or at least understanding -- for the plight of the descendants of America's slavery system is the most upsetting, because they claim to be the biggest champions of black Americans.

Late last week, economist Dean Baker (co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research) talked about the Labor Department's latest jobs report on PBS:

The drop in labor force participation was sharpest for African Americans, who saw a decline of 0.3 percentage points to 60.2 percent, the lowest rate since December of 1977.

"The rate for African American men fell 0.7 percentage points to 65.6 percent, the lowest on record." 

But look how much exposure the President and other Democratic leaders have given to their quest for expanded immigration the past year, contrasted with any spotlighting of combatting the collapse of paid work among black Americans.

Why are  Democratic leaders so committed to giving out lifetime work permits to more and more immigrant workers regardless of the number of Americans not working?  The only explanation that makes any sense is that they know immigrant workers arrive overwhelmingly predisposed to prefer the Democratic Party's approach to government and, thus, Democratic leaders treat immigration as a global Democratic voter registration program.  And nothing can cause them to pull back from their quest -- not even the sabotage of the MLK dream of economic equality among the races.

Every single Democratic Senator ignored concerns about the effect on black and other unemployed Americans last June and voted to triple lifetime immigrant work permits over the next decade.  More than 95% of the Democrats in the House of Representatives have co-sponsored a bill to triple immigration. Pres. Obama continues to say that tripling the flow of foreign labor is perhaps his highest priority. 

Flooding the labor market with competitors from other countries has become a litmus test in the Democratic Party.  It is almost impossible for a person to run for Congress with the full blessing of the Democratic Party unless that person swears loyalty to the idea of mass immigration of foreign workers. 

Strangely, this puts all those Democrats at the service of the corporate special interests who are on the verge of persuading House Republican leaders to finally agree to a "path to cheaper labor" that will make all kinds of Americans -- but especially black American men -- absolutely unnecessary to American employers.

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

-- ROY BECK is Founder & President of NumbersUSA 

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Updated: Tue, Jan 21st 2014 @ 12:10am EST

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