Several members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights have real concern that legalization of 11 million illegal immigrants estimated to be in America will hurt the black community.
In a letter addressed to Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), the members wrote:
“In light of recent debates on comprehensive immigration reform, we are writing to address a rarely-discussed effect of granting legal status or effective amnesty to illegal immigrants. Such grant of legal status will likely disproportionately harm lower-skilled African-Americans by making it more difficult for them to obtain employment and depressing their wages when they do obtain employment.”
Worried that “the increased employment difficulties will likely have negative consequences,” Breitbart.com reported, the members reference a Civil Rights Commission briefing from 2008 which found illegal immigration “has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force.”
“The obvious question is whether there are sufficient jobs in the low-skilled labor market for both African-Americans and illegal immigrants,” the trio wrote.
“The answer is no.”
The members state that “granting such legal status is not without substantial costs to American workers,” and ask that the federal government give “due deliberation” to the impact such a decision “will have on the employment and earnings prospects of low-skill Americans generally and black Americans specifically.
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