Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Congressional Black Caucus Ignores the Damage Illegal Immigration Does to Blacks

Leah Durant,

This week marks the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 41st Annual Legislative Conference,which was be held on September 23,2011,in Washington,D.C. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas served as the host. The title of the conference was,“African-Americans:Joining the Leading Edge of the High Tech Boom!”and the conference was slated to touch upon a number of high tech subjects. Unfortunately,the conference would not address mass immigration,a policy that has had many negative repercussions for the black community.
The Congressional Black Caucus and its partners in the Obama administration are both guilty of pursuing immigration policies that worsen the country’s economic crisis. The Obama administration announced last month that it will adopt a case-by-case review process for the approximately 300,000 illegal immigrants currently facing possible expulsion from the U.S. The administration will concentrate its efforts on deporting illegal immigrants with criminal convictions and will essentially pardon what it deems as “low-priority cases.”
Jackson-Lee and her colleagues in the CBC have also supported a number of wrongheaded immigration policies in the last decade. In 2005,Jackson-Lee supported “Save America Comprehensive Immigration Act”(H.R. 2092),a bill that would have granted legalization to aliens who have resided in the U.S. for five years,who demonstrate knowledge of English,who have no criminal convictions,and who complete 40 hours of community service. This bill has been resurrected in subsequent years while maintaining strong electoral support from CBC members. The “Comprehensive Immigration Act”is just another egregious attempt to court a subset of voters while creating programs that reward unlawful behavior and further endanger American workers.
African-American workers are likely the demographic group most harmed by our failure to protect the borders and enact aggressive workplace penalties. The unemployment rate for African-Americans surged to….
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