Blacks Ignored in Immigration Debate
Immigration reform is on the way and a breakthrough could be just around the corner. There have been many meetings lately between the Democrats and the Republicans. It has been said that whoever wins the Latino vote will win the immigration reform project.
There is a national debate on the subject, but for this debate, the Black immigration population was left out. Black immigrants make up 10% of the immigrants in the US. The Black immigrants are saying that this was a racist move on the government’s part and they don’t feel as if they matter.
A Black congressional aide joked, speaking off record, to give a candid assessment (gesturing towards a phalanx of approaching white congressmen walking down a Capitol Hill hallway):
“They’re already dealing with enough Black people as it is…Do you think they want more coming in to the country?”
Black immigrants feel that they are underrated and not appreciated enough for the culture they bring. Black immigrants as a whole have been found to be more educated than Latino, Asian, and European immigrants. Nearly 50% of the immigrants that come from certain African countries, such as Nigeria, have a college degree.
Even though the Black immigrants have more education, the government seems to only focus on the Latino immigrant population. This is not surprising as Latinos make up a very large portion of the immigrant population, but it has the Black immigrants feeling a little invisible. While they may not have as many people here, they feel they are no less important than Latino immigrants.
Should the new immigration laws go through, Black immigrants could benefit greatly and have a fair shot at being noticed just as much as the Latino immigrants.
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