LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2013 — The Rubio-Schumer Immigration Bill, Senate Bill 744, is an assault on American workers and American Jobs. It was approved 82-15 on a bipartisan vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both voted to move the bill forward to the House despite lingering resistance from the Republicans and Democrats.
“There are 11 million reasons to pass common-sense immigration reform that mends our broken system — 11 million stories of heartbreak and suffering that should motivate Congress to act,” Reid said.
The bill would increase legal immigration of mostly poor and uneducated people from the third world. The effect from this legislation would be the displacement of millions of Americans struggling to find work and support their families. Immigration reform is necessary, but it should benefit working class Americans.
The Congressional Black Caucus has been useless in addressing these concerns of our community.
Los Angeles citizens will join the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) for a rally and a march on the Capitol in Washington on July 15, 2013. They will attempt to stop S.B. 744 amnesty legislation to increase legal citizenship in the United States. This movement is locally lead by Ted Hayes and Los Angeles organizer Herbert Baker Jr., and nationally led by Leah Durant.
Leah has joined with Shirley Husar from Urban Game Changer at the Communities at The Washington Times to bring awareness about the rally on Thursday, July 11, in a press conference at The Action Factory in El Segundo, CA. The press conference will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00.
Civic activists are taking to the streets to speak up for our future and our children’s future. On Friday, July 12, 100 African American concerned citizens will board a bus supplied by BALA in Leimert Park. They will head to Washington in time for a march from Freedom Plaza. The rally will take place on Monday, July 15, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a march to the Capitol.
The immigration reform bill hurts the urban community. In fact, if it is passed, wages will decrease and the already large gap between the richest and poorest in this country will grow. Several studies from Harvard University, the University of California San Diego, and Cornell University have concluded that mass legalization and an increase in immigration from mostly the third world will disproportionately harm African-Americans.
A majority of African-Americans do not have an education beyond a high school diploma; 26.4 percent of African-Americans without a diploma are unemployed. Additionally, 15.5 percent with high school diplomas are jobless. Wages are stagnant and have been for the last thirty years. The gap between the rich and the poor in the U.S. has grown to be among the largest among the developed nations. This immigration bill will exacerbate all those situations.
A letter written by BALA states that while the immigration reform bill will increase visas for high-skilled workers, black American workers would suffer the most if this bill were to get past the House of Representatives. “Of course, some of the immigrants referred to by Senate Bill S. 744 work in high-skill sectors, but the vast majority of them will compete with young Americans for entry level jobs, including jobs traditionally held by African-American workers in the low skilled wage sector,” writes BALA.
“Given the fact that more than 13 percent of all blacks are unemployed - nearly double that of the national average, it is our position that each Member of Congress must consider the disastrous effects that Senate Bill 744 would have on low skill workers of all races, while paying particular attention to the potential harm to African Americans,” the letter argues. “Credible research indicates that black workers will suffer the greatest harm if this legislation were to be passed. We are asking that you oppose Senate Bill S.744 because of the dramatic effect it will have on the availability of employment for African American workers.” One reason for this is that African-Americans are disproportionately likely to lack a high-school diploma or a college degree, placing them in direct competition with new immigrants for low-skilled jobs in 2011.
BALA believes that it is time that members of Congress act to preserve economic opportunity for American workers and pass immigration legislation that protects and supports the nearly millions of American citizens who do not have jobs or who cannot find adequate employment to support their families. Economists report that labor participation in the U.S. is at its lowest rate in over 30 years.
“If passed, the proposed immigration bill will be costly for all Americans, but will harm black American workers more than any other group,” writes BALA. “Mass immigration and amnesty puts African Americans from all walks of life out of work and suppresses wages, causing them to compete with aliens willing to work in poorer working conditions for cheaper pay.”
Why would Urban Game Changer and the Black American Leadership Alliance of Los Angeles march to preserve American jobs for American workers?
Despite sluggish economic conditions, some in Congress have put forth immigration proposals to increase legal immigration levels by 50 percent and provide amnesty to over 11 million people who have entered the country illegally. “We stand against these proposals, as they will result in adding millions more to the U.S. labor force, putting millions of American citizens out of work,” says BALA.
“If passed, the proposed immigration bill will be costly for all Americans, but will harm black American workers more than any other group,” they write. “Mass immigration and amnesty puts African Americans from all walks of life out of work and suppresses wages, causing them to compete with aliens willing to work in poorer working conditions for cheaper pay.” Our supposed leaders in the Black community have failed us. The Congressional Black Caucus has failed us and the Gang of 8 has betrayed its own citizens. Join the BALA and Urban Game Changers and demand that any immigration policy puts American citizens first for Jobs.
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