Removing the protection of a future plea of ignorance, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow sent a letter to the Congressional Black Caucus last Tuesday, outlining the impact amnesty will have on black Americans.
His effort gives them a clear choice; they can support a destructive policy of the administration which will devastate their constituents and fellow black Americans, or they can do the job they were elected to do and represent the people.
The letter was not from the Civil Rights Commission but from Kirsanow individually and addressed to Rep. Marcia Fudge (R-OH). It stated in no uncertain terms that amnesty would “disproportionately harm lower-skilled African-Americans.”
He implored the CBC members to “oppose any legislation that would grant any form of work authorization to illegal aliens” and “oppose legislation that would increase the overall number of guest workers admitted to the U.S. each year.”
Kirsanow wrote, “The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants. The answer is no.”
He quoted statistics from witness testimony in 2008 commission hearings stating that illegal immigration “disproportionately impacts the wages and employment opportunities of African-American” males. Kirsanow also referenced information citing 40% of the 18-point decline in the black employment rate from 1960 to 2000 was due to immigration and pointed out that illegal immigrants and blacks “often find themselves in competition for the same jobs.”
He noted April’s official unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing the “unemployment rate for all black Americans – not just those with few skills – was 11.6 percent, more than twice the white unemployment rate of 5.3 percent.” The unemployment rate for black teens is in excess of one-third of the population, at 36.8 percent. Additionally, at the present time, “black labor force participation rate has fallen to an historic low of 60.9 percent,” and the “black median household income has dropped by nearly $1,500 in the last five years.”
The cause is known. He wrote, “Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force.”
Kirsanow pointed to the last time the politicians chose amnesty as a final solution to the illegal immigration problem. It didn’t work, in fact, it aggravated the existing problem, saying, “It is likely that if illegal immigrants are granted legal status, more people will come to America illegally and will further crowd African-American men (and other low-skilled men and women) out of the workforce.”
He closed his letter saying, “Giving amnesty to illegal immigrants would only exacerbate this problem facing low-skilled men, who are disproportionately African-American.”
The truth is out. If they still choose to support amnesty, the CBC members will be remembered for all of the elections to come, until they are no longer able to participate; unless their new illegal constituents simply replace their old, abandoned, citizen ones.