US Commission on Civil Rights Member: Illegal Immigration Accounts for 40% of Decline in Black Employment

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Peter Kirsanow’s appointment to the US Commission for Civil Rights was fought tooth and nail by Democrats, yet he’s one of the few members of the commission actually looking out for the interests of the black community when it comes to amnesty.

Several weeks ago, my colleagues on the U.S.Commission on Civil Rights, Abigail Thernstrom and Gail Heriot, and I sent a letter to President Obama and the members of the Congressional Black Caucus detailing the commission’s findings on the impact of illegal immigration on low-skilled workers — particularly black males. Evidence adduced before the commission shows that illegal immigrants have displaced large numbers of black workers in industry sectors with historically high concentrations of black employees.

The evidence shows that immigration accounts for 40 percent of the 18-percentage-point decline in black employment rates over the last several decades. That’s hundreds of thousands of blacks thrown out of work, hundreds of thousands who can’t support families without taxpayer assistance.

Of course, the impact isn’t limited to blacks, nor is it limited to employment rates. Illegal immigration also drives down wage rates. For example, an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta estimated that as a result of the growth of undocumented workers, the annual earnings of documented workers — regardless of race – in Georgia in 2007 were $960 lower than in 2000. In the hospitality industry the decline was $1,520.

Why should American workers suffer any decline in wages because of illegal immigration?

Because American workers ‘work’ for a living. That’s the problem right there.

  • glpage

    This is more proof that the left really doesn’t care about blacks as long as the blacks are voting for them. Could be that the leaders of the left see the rising unemployment of blacks as another campaign tool even though they are contributing to if not totally responsible for the problem.

  • jmfay

    Thank you for telling the reality. The problem is blacks will still vote for the D and not seem to care this is going on even if you tell them. Not sure what to do about that.

    It also hurts disabled Americans because we are the last ones hired and the first ones let go. We are allowed to work and still get SSDI too if we can find a job.