Thursday, November 20, 2014

Obama Throws Blacks Under the Bus

          August job reports showed that the black unemployment rate was 11.4% (remembering that this does not even include those who have stopped looking for work). The situation is much worse for younger blacks. For instance, a study released in January 2014 showed that 92% of black teenagers (16-19 years old) in Chicago were without a job. Studies over the last few years have shown that the majority of new jobs have gone to immigrants, including this one showing that 71% of new jobs in New Hampshire.

          Yet it has been recognized for some time that opening the immigration spigot will hurt the opportunities of blacks to obtain jobs. In 2013, the National Review looked into this issue, and reported:
In 2008, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights examined the issue, conducting a hearing at which experts from across the political spectrum testified. As might be expected, there was some disagreement as to the precise magnitude of the impact of illegal immigration on black employment. But despite the ideological diversity on the panels, the witnesses were unanimous that illegal immigration has an adverse impact on black employment, reducing job opportunities and depressing wages — especially for black men. 
The reason illegal immigration hurts blacks is quite basic. Blacks, particularly black men, are disproportionately concentrated in the low-skill labor market and are disproportionately likely to have no more than a high-school diploma. Likewise, illegal immigrants are disproportionately male and also disproportionately likely to have minimal educational levels. Both groups compete with one another in the low-skill labor market (and the competition is most fierce in some of the very industries in which blacks historically have been highly concentrated). Blacks frequently lose that competition, crowded out by illegal immigrants who, for various reasons, are preferred by many employers. As Professor Vernon Briggs of Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations noted, it’s not because low-skilled Americans — regardless of race — are unwilling to work, it’s that they’re unwilling to work at the cut-rate wages (and often substandard conditions) offered to illegal immigrants — a cohort highly unlikely to complain to the EEOC, OSHA, or the Wage and Hour Division of the Department of Labor. 
The impact of illegal immigration on the employment and wage levels of low-skilled workers is especially pronounced in today’s stagnant economy, even with a reduced influx of illegal immigrants. In 2007, the unemployment rate for blacks without a high-school diploma was 12.0 percent. By 2011 that rate had more than doubled to 24.6 percent. Obviously, the supply of low-skilled workers far exceeds the demand. This bodes ill for all such workers, but particularly black males, who, according to evidence adduced at the hearing, are significantly disfavored by employers in certain sectors of the economy.
Nevertheless, Obama is poised to announce executive orders that will further restrict deportation of illegal aliens--at least 5 million. And probably result in a further surge of illegal aliens crossing the border.

         So why is Obama doing this? Part of the reason is to appease wealthy Democrat donors who have been pushing for lower cost labor--particularly in STEM fields. But it is also because the Democrats know their demographics are collapsing, want new voters, and figure that blacks will never vote against them. As this National Review article from earlier this year observes:
Instead, Democrats are chucking aside black voters in their rush to lock in the Latino vote (or so they’re hoping). Taken for granted as a given come election-time, blacks are now actively harmed as the Democrats vow to grow their voting base through importing more and more of what they see as future blue-voters. It’s the husband who leaves his wife of 30 years: ‘We had a good run, honey, but I’ve found someone new.’ 
Black attorney and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Peter Kirsanow, serves as one of the lone voices of reason, repeatedly outlining the harm amnesty will cause black Americans. In a 2013 letter to the Congressional Black Caucus, he 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.” Kirsanow’s statistics demonstrate the way in which immigration impacts the wages and employment opportunities of black males and hurts the black community. 
But no one seems to listen to Kirsanow.
           The extent to which Obama is attempting to court Latino voters is revealed by the timing of his announcement. November 20, the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, and during the broadcast of the Latin Grammys (thus guaranteeing a large Latino viewing audience). But Obama doesn't want blacks to find out, apparently: he didn't bother to ask English-speaking broadcasters to carry his announcement.

           "Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn warns there could be not only a political firestorm but acts of civil disobedience and even violence in reaction to President Obama's executive order on immigration Thursday." I doubt it will be from whites. It will be from illegal immigrants pushing for further action, and from blacks when they realize what the Democrats have done to them.

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