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2/4/13 at 07:59 AM 0 Comments

Where Is the NAACP?

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Immigration Policies Being Crafted Without Any Critical Analysis

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Five members of the "Gang of Eight" are strongly pushing for a compresensive immigration policy without considering the impact it would have on current minority citizens, especially how it would affect voter representation and employment. Pictured are Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Richard Durbin (D-IL). Not shown are Senators Michael Bennet D- CO), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ).

As leading political forces from both sides of the aisle converge to present America with another form of illegal immigrant amnesty in order to absorb the second wave of those who are in this country illegally, the question of “How will such an influx of people from one indigenous part of the world affect the current representation of minority citizens of the United States” has not been asked, nor even under consideration. Totally absent from the discussion is an unrepresented group of Americans who will be adversely affected the most-the African American community!

To begin with, it is no stretch to see the black community go the way of the native Americans, where they were adversely affected in the 1965 Immigration (Hart-Celler) Act:

“As immigrants pour in, native Americans feel themselves pushed out. In 1965, Senator Hugh Scott, R-Pennsylvania, opined, "I doubt if this bill will really be the cause of crowding the present Americans out of the 50 states." Yet half-a-million native Californians fled the state in the last decade, while its total population increased by three million, mostly immigrants. This phenomenon also holds true in microcosm. In tiny Ligonier, Indiana, (population 4,357) 914 Hispanics moved in and 216 native Americans departed during the 1990s. Hispanics now outnumber the Amish as the area's dominant minority.”

Having only recently passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, many in Congress were very concerned about how the changes in immigration would affect the African American population even then. As a strong supporter of the new immigration laws, Sen. Ted Kennedy made two promises concerning the restrictions the bill was to place on immigration policy which were:

“No immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge” and the 1965 amendments "will not cause American workers to lose their jobs." Sen. Robert Kennedy promised "Immigration from any single country would be limited to 10 percent of the total."

There has been no reasonable voice asking pertinent questions regarding how this influx is going to affect others. Sheer numbers suggest a major shift in not just how our communities would possibly change, but also how issues such as congressional representation will also be affected. Since the Simpson-Mazzoli Act of 1986, the black population has been eclipsed by the Hispanic population.

The most prominent African American leaders are applauding current immigration reform without asking how it would impact the black community. Congressional Black Caucus President Emmanuel Cleaver, NAACP president Benjamin Todd Jealous, Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have failed to raise important questions.

It has become obvious and apparent that even the most venerable of the civil rights organizations—the NAACP—is asleep at the proverbial wheel, or is it? In fact, this organization, as well as the Congressional Black Caucus, the Urban League and an entire roster of liberal black intelligentsia has done more to demonstrate a severe lack in ability to think critically than ever before. Their expertise in what is and is not racism does not apply when their own allies practice it—even if it is detrimental to the people they claim to represent! Certainly, the impact of legalizing immigrants upon the political, cultural and economic interests within the black community is at least worth studying! Even more, it is apparent that this group of black elitists have done more to preserve black poverty and government dependency than any form of Jim Crow- even to the point of brutalizing any independent thought among dissenting blacks.

Let us recall, that the first significant wave of illegals obtaining citizenship came as a direct result of Simpson-Mazzoli. Amnesty was supposed to have been granted to the under-estimated 3 million illegals, which was to be balanced with the closure of our borders to halt the uncontrolled flow of illegals into the country. Unfortunately, the amnesty and citizenship were granted, but the deceitful congressional leadership lifted not a finger to enforce the laws that would have drastically curtailed the border traffic. That has resulted in today’s second wave of 11 million potential citizens! That plan was totally flawed as the Christian Science Monitor reported:

“Critics point to the lessons from the last time Congress tackled his issue, the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), a 1986 law that legalized 3 million undocumented immigrants. Both sides acknowledge the law produced substantial fraud, leading to nearly triple the number of new residents created by the law." [1]

It has been apparent that the 1986 estimates were grossly in error, what factor can give us the confidence that today’s count is any better? Even the 11 million number is nearly a third of the total African American population in the United States today! This entire effort to pacify one ethnic group at the expense of another is grossly flawed if not totally deceitful in its very nature. The group of eight politicians bears absolutely no credibility with the exception of the one Senator mark Rubio, who is increasingly becoming a naïve lamb in the midst of a company of ravenous wolves, and his political capital is currently on a slow burn!

One could even ask a simple question: "What piece of legislation that Sen. John McCain has his fingerprints on has benefitted America? Certainly not the McCain-Feingold bill that was supposed to "take the corruption of our political processes!" For Sen. Schumer, it seems that nothing benefits anyone unless he benefits first! He is a master at looting the public treasury in the name of compassion. In essence, just as with the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, the politicians are destined to make things worse simply they lack the courage to uphold our current laws as they stand!

After that measure was accepted and the sudden 9 million (not 3 million) were granted amnesty and citizenship, the Hispanic population slowly began to overcome the African American population. In addition, since the borders were never sealed, the amnesty spurred a flood of illegal entries and the next decade resulted in the following…

“Due to high birth and immigration rates, the Hispanic population more than doubled during the 1990s, the 2000 census found. Many new arrivals were drawn by the booming U.S. economy and settled in areas in the South and Midwest that previously attracted few Latinos." [2]

Republicans and Democrats alike have consistently prefaced their argument for amnesty with the mantra “We are a nation of immigrants” as a means for disarming any detractors. In the meantime, gone is the concern for America’s only true “non-immigrant” population—African Americans—who on the most part did not come to America under their own free will! The most sincere attempt to properly address the immigration issue has not been done since 1965, the Hart-Celler Act (see The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965) included sincere efforts to correct America's history of preferring white Europeans while outright rejecting people of color, especially Africans.

The late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan (D-TX) was the last voice among African American leaders that addressed and handled issues from a point of critical analysis instead Pavlovian response. Her intellect and honesty transcended political party whenever it came to protecting the integrity of the U.S. Constitution.

The last voice of reason on the immigration issue was also heroic, as the late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan issued her commission unbiased findings. She chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, which was mandated by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990. She and the commission are credited as having conducted the most thorough examination of immigration policies even to this day. In 1997, the Commission issued its report and recommended increased restrictions on immigration. The Congresswoman argued that "it is both a right and a responsibility of a democratic society to manage immigration so that it serves the national interest.”

Her Commission’s recommendations for less priority on “family-chain migration and more focus on bringing in educated and skilled workers caused many immigration proponents to abandon her. The notion of the Commission also recommending national ID for its citizenry was a disappointment for many of them. Although she was a faithful member of the Democratic Party, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan say herself as an American who believed in the rule of law, and would not benefit even her party at the expense of the U.S. Constitution! This places her above the fray of mere politics and party positioning—she is truly an American heroine! Far above the antics of those who are seen as leaders today!

Void of any desire to disparage any people of any ethnic group or racial classification, we must observe the facts and report the observations as they play themselves out. The truth is, as the African American population fades into second, third and eventually a societal tier of irrelevance simply by legislative fiat, those few blacks which are left will ask the question, “What was the purpose of the NAACP and the black leadership in the first place?”

Footnotes:

[1] http://www.minnpost.com/christian-science-monitor/2013/01/immigration-reform-will-amnesty-produce-more-illegal-immigration

[2] Published January 21, 2003 Associated Press reported by FOX News, Census: Hispanics Pass Blacks as Largest U.S. Minority Group

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