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Black Leaders Warn Congress About Gang of Eight Bill's Impact on Black Americans
Monday, June 3, 2013, 10:02 P

Dear Members of Congress,

We, the undersigned members of the Black American Leadership Alliance respectfully address
this letter to Members of the Senate Gang of Eight, the Congressional Black Caucus, and to
Senators from those states having the highest rates of black unemployment. We write in our
capacity as leaders of the Black American Leadership Alliance, a Washington, DC-based
organization whose primary mission is to further the economic and social interests of the black
community. We write to express our serious concerns with Senate Bill 744. Given the fact that
more than 13% 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. 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.
Many studies have shown that black Americans are disproportionately harmed by mass
immigration and amnesty. Most policy makers who favor the legalization of nearly 11 million
aliens fail to acknowledge that decades of high immigration levels has caused unemployment to
rise significantly, most particularly among black Americans. They further fail to consider how
current plans to add 33 million more legal workers within ten years will have an enormously
disastrous effect on our nation’s jobs outlook. With respect to African Americans, well
respected researchers from some of America’s most venerable universities have found
undeniable links tying large-scale immigration in the U.S. to declining rates of employment for
America’s black citizens. The National Bureau of Economic Research recently issued a report
asserting that 40 percent of the decline in employment rates for low skilled black men in recent
decades was due to immigration. Studies by Borjas and Katz, professors from Harvard
University, found that immigration reduced the earnings of certain native born laborers by as

According to research conducted by University of California San Diego economics Professor
Gordon H. Hanson, immigration has accounted for 40% of the 18 percentage point decline in
black employment rates, and current immigration proposals are sure to substantially raise these
numbers. Upon conducting research in this area, Professor Vernon Briggs of Cornell University
concluded that illegal immigrants and blacks, both of whom are disproportionately likely to be
low skilled, frequently compete for the same jobs, and that a large number of illegal immigrants
ensures a surplus of low skilled labor, thus keeping wages for black workers artificially low.
The House Immigration Subcommittee also addressed this topic when panelists presented a
report from the Center for Labor Market Studies (CLMS) at Northeastern University entitled
“Exclusive: Over a Million Immigrants Land U.S. Jobs in 2008-2010.” Unsurprisingly, the
study found that unskilled immigrants were taking jobs in the construction sector, jobs that
young, American workers typically gravitate towards. Of course, some of the immigrants
much as eight percent and other demographic groups by 2 to 4 percent.
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 black
workers in the low skilled wage sector. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market
Studies, estimates that 35 percent of the immigrants taking these construction jobs are
Many blacks compete with immigrants, particularly illegal immigrants, for low skilled jobs due
to skill level and geography, and there are simply not enough of these jobs to go around.
Consider the fact that nearly 51% of African Americans do not have a higher education. In
2011, 24.6% of blacks without a high school diploma were unemployed. Even blacks with a
high school diploma were unemployed at a rate of 15.5% that same year. Passing legislation to
add additional workers to an already swamped labor market will only exacerbate these statistics.
Despite the fact that these figures are readily available and have been reported by the U.S.
Commission on Civil Rights, many lawmakers have chosen to do nothing, putting politics over
the well-being of constituents. Yet, the fact remains that the proposed immigration bill will
nearly double legal immigration levels and provide instant work authorization to over 11 million
illegal immigrants. We are firmly convinced that such an expansion of the labor force during
one of the most protracted periods of high unemployment in decades will result in suppressed
wages for all Americans, but the effects on African Americans will be the most devastating.
Given the current economic outlook, with declining wages and fewer opportunities for black
workers, now is not the time to add millions more workers as S. 744 proposes.
Nationally, labor participation is at 63.3% - the lowest level since 1979. Passage of the Senate’s
amnesty bill will continue to flood an already overcrowded labor force and result in reduced
wages and opportunities for many black citizens who are least able to afford it. Following even
the simplest rules of supply and demand, this increase in available low skilled labor will
undoubtedly reduce wages for all workers. However, according to the experts, the impact will be
hardest on the black community.
If passed, the proposed immigration bill will be costly for all Americans, but will harm black
American workers more than any other group. 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. When almost one in
seven blacks is unemployed, now is not the time to further saturate the labor force with increased
immigration levels and amnesty. If Congress fails to stop this irresponsible legislation, the
United States will continue to see more and more blacks out of jobs and unable to support their
families. The disastrous effects of illegal immigration to the black community is not simply
limited to jobs.
The Black American Leadership Alliance is calling upon the Senate Gang of Eight and those
Members from states having the highest rates of black unemployment to recognize the
devastating effects amnesty and mass immigration has on low skilled workers, particularly those
in the black community. Secondly, we implore each Member to fulfill his or her duty to the
millions of Americans struggling to find work by opposing amnesty and supporting policies to
reduce overall levels of legal and illegal immigration.
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