3 Members of US Civil Rights Commission Warn Amnesty will Increase Black Unemployment

And if you can follow the math on this, higher unemployment leads to more crime, social tension and social welfare use. The cost from even a 1 percent increase in black unemployment would be severe.

Three members of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights urged the Congressional Black Caucus to consider how the immigration proposal could cause black Americans to lose job opportunities.

“The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants,”  USCCR members Peter Kirsanow, Abigail Thernstrom, and Gail Heriot in a letter sent today to Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. “The answer is no.”

The members recalled a 2008 USCCR hearing that concluded that amnesty would harm black Americans.

“The briefing witnesses, well-regarded scholars from leading universities and independent groups, were ideologically diverse,” they wrote. “All the witnesses acknowledged that illegal immigration has a negative impact on black employment, both in terms of employment opportunities and wages.”

Kirsanow and Thernstrom are Republican appointees to the commission. Heriot is a registered independent who was appointed by Congress.

Considering that a sizable chunk of the Republican Party has climbed on board the amnesty train, even a Republican dissent is significant. Abigail Thernstrom is a serious well-regarded scholar. Heriot is an independent. None of these are people who come from the right.

The opposing view all involves delving into an imaginary utopia in which legalizing illegals will somehow cause an economic boom that will offset all the negatives.

The economic argument for illegal alien amnesty is not fundamentally different than Obama’s budgets. It depends on a completely implausible belief that destructive policies will lead to runaway growth and then calculates the economic effect of those policies in line with the unrealistic projections.

  • Ar'nun

    LOL!!! Like the Democrats care about harming the Black community… If the Democrats cared about Black people they would have never created the KKK, fought against the Civil Rights movement, fought against desegregation, and continued their stealth oppression of the black communities that continue to this very day. US history is full of stories about minority groups being discriminated against and forced to live in poor inner-city urban areas, to then rise up out of the ghettos to be replaced with new minorities. Yet the blacks have remained down-trodden the entire time. It is no coincidence that Urban Inner-Cities with large black communities are all run by the same oppressive Democrats.

    • RobNclt

      You are 100% correct….Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and a host of media outlets are leading blacks to a bleak future and they are not seeing it. Trusting souls aren't they? I am black and have been warning black voters for years but they refuse to see the truth.

      • Silver Gonzalez


        Go for it Rubio, Dem Black Caucus, go for it!!!

  • marios

    White Leftists with support of black scoundrels like All Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and community organizers/organizer corrupted only 60 years ago family oriented, religious, hard working black people.
    Those scoundrels use tactic to bribe by miserable but "free lunch" common people and deprived them jobs and stimuli to pursue happiness. This is core of enormous criminality rate among black community and poverty. Those leftists scoundrels use them as cheep slaves buying them as voters.

  • Bob Marshall

    Blacks deserve their nearly 14% unemployment while whites have 7.8% and Latinos have 9.6% unemployed. Black youth unemployment is near 40%. They got what they asked for by being so ignorant as to what Obama was truly all about. Beside, minorities almost always vote for democrats. Their past history under the Democratic Party has no meaning for them. http://www.wallbuilders.com Black History

    • Mary Sue

      to be fair, Blacks have had that high of unemployment long before Obama, due to the poisoning of black families by the leftist culture inherent in welfare dependency.

  • Bob Marshall

    It was the Democratic Party that kept Blacks from voting. They voted against the education Bill for Blacks. they used the KKK to intimidate Blacks who wouldn't vote for Democratic candidates. This history is available on http://www.Wallbuilders.com — Black history. From 1882-1925 there were 3,146 Blacks lynched. most in the deep south. Beatings, rapes, schools and churches burned down. No record available.

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