A leading member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) argues that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must cease until funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall is secured and legal immigration is curbed significantly.
USCCR Commissioner Peter Kirsanow warned U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in a letter that granting amnesty to the hundreds of thousands of young illegal aliens (Dreamers) – who are currently enrolled and eligible for former President Barack Obama’s pro-immigration DACA program – would take a devastating toll on working- and middle-class Americans – especially African Americans.
Amnesty putting working-class Americans on unemployment list
The key USCCR member pointed out that research proves the detrimental effects absorbing illegal aliens into the American workforce entails.
“The negative impact of illegal immigration on unskilled and low-skilled American workers has [already] been established by various studies and discussed in numerous hearings, including, but not limited to, a 2008 Commission briefing,” Kirsanow wrote to Ryan, according to Breitbart News. “The testimony at the briefing indicated that illegal immigration disproportionately affects the wages and employment opportunities of African-American men.”
He explained why this sector of the black community has been adversely affected economically via lax immigration policies.
“Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force,” Kirsanow clarified.
He made his case by pointing to federal statistics on educational attainment published in a U.S. Census Bureau report that was released shortly after the USCCR issued its report on the harmful economic consequences of masses of unskilled illegals taking low-paying jobs in the U.S.
“[The Census Bureau] report – released in February 2012 – found that 50.9 percent of native-born blacks had not continued their education beyond high school,” Kirsanow recounted from the study. “The same report found that 75.5 percent of foreign-born Hispanics had not been educated beyond high school – although it does not disaggregate foreign-born Hispanics who are legal immigrants from those who are illegal immigrants.”
The massive detrimental impact that granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens has had and will continue to have on America’s economy – if the legacy of Obama’s DACA lives on – was impressed by laying out more statistics.
“However, Professor Briggs estimated that illegal immigrants or former illegal immigrants who received amnesty constitute a third to over a half of the total foreign-born population,” Kirsanow informed.
He went on to show that millions of illegals flooding the job market are displacing blacks – who would otherwise be employed.
“Foreign-born Hispanics who are in the United States illegally are disproportionately male, [and] African Americans who have not pursued education beyond high school are also disproportionately male,” the USCCR commissioner argued. “These poor educational attainment levels usually relegate both African American men and illegal immigrant men to the same low-skilled labor market, where they must compete against each other for work.”
Facts that demand action
Three very specific demands were made after the facts were presented to the Republican House speaker.
“Kirsanow urged Ryan and the Republican-controlled Congress to hold off on a DACA amnesty until a border wall is built along the U.S.-Mexico border, E-Verify is mandated nationwide to ban employers from hiring illegal aliens, and legal immigration levels are seriously reduced to boost American working- and middle-class wages,” Breitbart’s Joe Binder reported.
The dire request was submitted to Ryan in writing so that he would quickly get lawmakers to work.
“Before the federal government decides to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, due deliberation should be given to what effect such [a] grant will have on the employment and earnings prospects of low-skill Americans generally – and black Americans specifically,” Kirsanow urged Ryan. “I submit that granting such legal status is not without substantial costs to American workers, [and] given these costs, I respectfully [ask] members of Congress to confirm that you will: 1) Withhold agreement on any DACA deal until border wall funding is secured; 2) Withhold agreement on any DACA deal until E-Verify requirements are extended to all U.S. employers and; 3) Withhold agreement on any DACA deal until the RAISE Act is passed by both Houses of Congress.”
Some GOP standing on fence over wall?
Even though Trump essentially assured Americans before being elected in the 2016 election that major immigration cutbacks would be implemented without a border wall, there are indications that key moderate Republicans could give in to Democrats’ pro-immigration pressures before voters hit the ballot box in November’s midterm elections.
“During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump promised his voters that no consideration of an amnesty would begin without cuts to legal immigration and a border wall built,” Binder reminded. “As part of a last-ditch effort to pass amnesty ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, sources [told] Breitbart News that GOP leadership is sketching out a plan that would allow a vote on a standalone amnesty for DACA illegal aliens that is not contingent on cuts to legal immigration.”
In fact, Ryan has been diligently trying to tie the knot between more progressive-minded members of the GOP and tough-on-immigration Trump-supporting Republicans since last fall, but with little success.
“House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. [continued his effort] to impanel an informal working group of moderate Republicans and immigration hard-liners to find a [DACA] solution, [but the pro-immigration GOP members argued] that [Trump’s] border wall with Mexico need not be part of those discussions,” Politico announced in September.
Feeding into the problem?
The proportion of immigrants in the total U.S. population continues to increase – especially with many of the Obama-era immigration policies still in place or under consideration.
“Currently, the U.S. admits more than 1.5 million legal and illegal immigrants every year, with more than 70 percent coming to the country through the process known as ‘chain migration,’ whereby newly naturalized citizens can bring an unlimited number of foreign relatives to the U.S,” Binder noted. “In the next 20 years, the current U.S. legal immigration system is on track to import roughly 15 million new foreign-born voters, [and] between 7 and 8 million of those foreign-born voters will arrive in the U.S. through chain migration.”
In addition, it is argued that the diversity immigration lottery and other politically correct radical immigration reform policies pushed by Democrats – that draw multitudes into the U.S. annually – not only greatly jeopardize national security, but pull down the income of Americans from every ethnic background and socioeconomic status.
“[The 70 percent of the 1.5 million immigrants accepted by the U.S. through chain migration every year] needs to stop, along with the diversity lottery, which has already produced immigrants who have committed terroristic acts,” SteadfastAndLoyal.com’s Steven Ahle insisted. “Kirsanow says that too much immigration hurts American workers – especially young blacks. It also depresses salaries all across the board.”