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Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is scolding Republicans in Congress for considering amnesty for illegal aliens despite it likely “disproportionately” harming working-class black Americans.
In a letter to Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) — one of the backers of an amnesty plan for the nearly 800,000 illegal aliens shielded from deportation by the President Obama-created Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — Kirsanow said an amnesty for illegal aliens would continue to increase the burden that both illegal and legal immigration currently has on African-Americans.
Because it appears that a significant number of senators and congressmen continue to favor amnesty without a wall, it is important to re-emphasize a rarely-discussed effect of granting legal status or effective amnesty to illegal immigrants. Such grant of legal status, without serious, robust immigration enforcement, will likely disproportionately harm unskilled American workers, particularly lower-skilled African-Americans, by making it more difficult for them to obtain employment and depressing their wages when they do obtain employment. The increased employment difficulties will likely have negative consequences that extend beyond the economic sphere.
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The negative impact of illegal immigration on unskilled and low-skilled American workers has been established by various studies and discussed in numerous hearings, including, but not limited to, a 2008 Commission briefing. The testimony at the briefing indicated that illegal immigration disproportionately affects the wages and employment opportunities of African-American men.
The country’s persistent economic stagnation between 2008-2016 disproportionately harmed African-Americans, especially those with little education. Eight years into the economic recovery, African-Americans still faced particular difficulty obtaining employment. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the December 2017...
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