Black Civil Rights Commissioner Speaks Out Against Illegal Immigration

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“Black males are more likely to experience competition from illegal immigrants,” Commissioner Peter Kirsanow recently told The Daily Signal, noting that the impact of illegal immigration on the black community is too often ignored. “A sizable number of black men don’t have access to entry-level jobs.”

A Cleveland attorney and former member of the National Labor Relations Board, Kirsanow referenced a 2010 U.S. Civil Rights Commission study which revealed that illegal immigration causes problems for young black males, both short- and long-term as rungs on the employment ladder are eliminated. “It is not just the competition and the unemployment of blacks. It also depresses the wage levels,” he explained.

In the commission report, expert testimony showed that approximately “six in 10 adult black males have a high school diploma or less, and black men are disproportionately employed in the low-skilled labor market, where they are more likely to be in labor competition with immigrants.”

“Illegal immigration to the United States in recent decades has tended to depress both wages and employment rates for low-skilled American citizens, a disproportionate number of whom are black men. Expert economic opinions concerning the negative effects range from modest to significant. Those panelists that found modest effects overall nonetheless found significant effects in industry sectors such as meatpacking and construction.”

According to the 2012 U.S. Census , more than half of American-born blacks did not continue their education beyond high school. The rate rose higher for foreign-born Hispanics.

Of interest is the fact that labor statistics found that labor force participation rate for people with less than a high school diploma is 46 percent. Kirsanow points to this as evidence that there is no shortage of low-skilled workers in the U.S. Nearly 75 percent of those in labor force do have a college degree.

Three years ago, Kirsanow was issuing the same warning:

The Daily Signal reported that in past immigration reform efforts the NAACP has supported giving legal status to illegal immigrants and cited research that increased immigration was helping the black community. A statement from the organization that was put out after the Senate passed an amnesty bill in 2013 said:

“Comprehensive immigration reform must focus on the basic American principles of preserving family unity, opposing wasteful spending, and protecting and promoting human and civil rights, human dignity, and fairness. It must also be very aware of the economic impact any new policies will have on the American people: that is why the NAACP was pleased to learn of studies which have found that more often than not, Latino immigrants and African-Americans fill complementary roles in the labor market. The study, by the Immigration Policy Center released in June of this year concludes that in metropolitan statistical areas, the increase of the Latino immigrant experience significantly raises wages, lowers unemployment, and elevates job creation for African-Americans.”

Even the completely Democratic Congressional Black Caucus has given their full support for comprehensive immigration reform proposals that provide a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, according to a statement made on their website.

More concerned with preserving the Democratic Party, Kirsanow observed that such legislators are “putting party preference over the needs of their constituents.”

“The [Congressional Black Caucus] styles themselves as protecting and enhancing the interest of black Americans. The problem is that black workers are being ignored. So, there is another agenda at work.”

H/T: The Daily Signal

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