Young black males are disproportionately impacted by illegal immigration. Where’s the compassion for them?
With seventy-five percent of black children born into single parent homes, black-on-black crime at alarming numbers across America’s landscape and black unemployment numbers in double digits, the last thing black American youth needs is to compete against illegal immigrants for entry-level jobs.
U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner, Peter Kirsanow, spoke to the Heritage Foundation and explained how “a sizable number of black men don’t have access to entry-level jobs.” He also stated that “black males are more likely to experience competition from illegal immigrants. What happens is you eliminate the rungs on the ladder because a sizeable number of black men don’t have access to entry-level jobs.” He went on to say, “It is not just the competition and unemployment of blacks. It also depresses the wage levels.”
I know what some of you are saying. “Americans won’t do the work many ‘immigrants’ are willing to do, particularly for lower wages.” To which, I’d respond secure our southern border and that will change. Not to mention, employers would be compelled by the free-market to pay more for their entry-level employees.
Secondly, for those of you that argue “young blacks are so caught up into rap music and its culture they don’t want minimum wage jobs. They want to be rich and famous by the age of eighteen.” To you I’d say, who doesn’t want to be rich by eighteen?! What’s important is that our young black men believe there’s other opportunities out there to build wealth. Instead of wearing gold in their mouths’ and around their necks, imagine a world where an employer will sit down to teach them how to invest and the value of moving up the ladder within a company, such as a Chick-Fil-A or McDonald’s. Who knows, maybe some of those employees would opt to buy their own franchise one day.
Growing up in Los Angeles, California in the late 80s and early 90s despite being poor, I always had hope that there was better opportunity out there for me. Jobs seemed to be relatively plentiful if you wanted one, and they weren’t stigmatized as they are today by my peers, who happened to be black and Mexican Americans. Since my youth, we’ve seen an influx of illegal immigration in America. Sadly, many democratic politicians, and civil rights organizations like the NAACP don’t want immigration laws enforced because they need their votes and support. Furthermore, some business owners who are inclined to hire illegal immigrants would like to see wages remain low, or even suppressed. Consequently, many Americans, not just blacks, refuse to work for the same wages as someone who can barely speak English and has no real chance of moving up the ladder.
It doesn’t take much to escape poverty in America. All of us have heard this statistic time and again: “graduate high school, get a job, get married, then have kids and chances are you’ll escape poverty.” The problem is, according to the Census Bureau, only sixty-percent of American-born black males graduate with a high school diploma. And of those that do graduate high school, fewer than half continue in higher education, including trade schools. The rate is even higher for foreign-born Latinos. Which means low-skilled positions in urban America are becoming fewer and further between.
America is a compassionate nation. We allow more immigrants into our country every year, approximately one million, seeking a new way of life than all industrial nations combined. I can’t say I blame foreigners for wanting to come to America. The fact that many foreigners are willing to risk life and limb to come here should serve as a stark reminder of how good we have it here. Having said that, illegal immigration cost us more than just resources on our borders. As you’ve discovered it cost many young black men hope, job opportunities and their own shot at the American Dream. I contend, you’d see fewer black men behind illegally possessed guns if illegal foreigners would make more room for them behind service counters.
So, again I ask – where’s the compassion for our young black men?
Carl attempted to find his way as the youngest of six who were lost without the strength of their matriarch. He moved back and forth between LA and Orlando, FL trying to find his way in life.
With the help of family and friends he was introduced to hard work, faith and family values. However, as a struggling teen he wandered down the path of least resistance, finding himself in jail twice and with a child he had to fight to raise.
By the grace of God and insistence by his brother and friend he attended an Evangelical church and found that there was a better way. Once he accepted Jesus Christ as his savior he began to develop a greater desire to understand who God is and why it mattered.
He began to see that the cultural dependence on government promoted by the Democrat leaders among his community rejected dependence upon God.
As he studied America’s history he discovered that despite America’s flaws, particularly slavery, God used our Founding Fathers to create our Constitution within the context of the Bible and world history. It’s divine and exceptional nature is undeniable.
It was during his newfound love for American history that he discovered the Democrat party perpetuated slavery, formed the KKK, and fought against the civil rights of minorities.
With this hidden history Carl was launched on a journey to help people of all races and backgrounds discover facts of history as well as realize the benefits of utilizing their God-given gifts and talents far outweigh any benefit from a government subsidy.