Congressional Black Caucus Decides to Push For Immigration Reform, Reversing Its Previous Position
During previous debates on immigration reform, the Congressional Black Caucus remained quiet, mostly because some African-Americans believe that immigrants drive down wages. Now, however, the CBC is reportedly reversing its initial position position and joining the push for immigration reform.
“Immigration reform will be one of our top three priorities this year,” Ayofemi Kirby, the caucus’ communications director, told right wing blog The Daily Caller on Wednesday.
The CBC is also attempting to protect the “Diversity Visa”, saying getting rid of the visa would “lower the number of [black] immigrants from countries who already have low numbers of immigrants … [in the United States], especially sub-Sahara and Africa”
When asked about low wage immigrants, Kirby was less forthcoming.
The CBC will also “be looking at [immigration’s] impact on low-income communities,” she said.
During the previous debate on immigration, some African-American opposed immigration reform because immigrants are often considered competition for blue collar jobs. Given that the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 14 percent, it is somewhat curious that the CBC has reversed course on the issue.
“The country’s back to pretty much where it was when this president started [in 2009]. … White people in this country are doing a bit better [and] black people are doing far worse,” Ben Jealous, the president of the NAACP, told NBC on Jan. 27.
The competition for jobs will likely increase if immigration reform is passed. But African-American and Latino politicians are trying to find solutions which serve both demographics, as opposed to allowing the GOP to divide two of the most important factions under the Democratic umbrella.
Powered by Facebook Comments