Why The Black Caucus Looks The Other Way On Immigration
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Of the dozens of mysteries that surround Congress`
adamant avoidance of the immigration issue, none is so
bewildering as why the Congressional Black Caucus looks
the other way. Mass unskilled immigration has a
particularly dramatic impact on their constituents, the
vulnerable of Americans.
When I read a new report by the
Children`s Defense Fund that found that more black
children—about one million—are now living in extreme
poverty than ever (a 40% increase since 2000), I was
reminded once again of the Black Caucus` extraordinary
dereliction of duty.
The Black Caucus has sold out black Americans. Even
though black families live in poverty throughout America,
the Caucus is content—eager, in fact—to import more poor
people who will compete head-to-head for jobs at the
lower end of the economic scale.
Legal and illegal immigration has undercut blacks from
the jobs they once held in
meat plants, service industries, and on
construction crews. In many cases those were
union jobs that paid good wages with full benefits.
Now those jobs go to illegal aliens who work for pennies
above the minimum wage.
Yet from the Black Caucus nary a peep is heard.
For an explanation of this betrayal of blacks by
blacks, I contacted two experts—one black, Terry
Anderson, who hosts California`s most popular
Sunday evening radio show, and one white, Roy Beck,
Executive Director of
NumbersUSA.com and author of the excellent book
The Case Against Immigration.
Before calling either, I went to the
Americans for Better Immigration website to check the
Black Caucus immigration voting records.
On the website, Congressmen receive report card grades
on amnesty, chain migration, worker protection, etc. The
grades are for “Career” votes and “Recent” votes from
January 1, 2003.
As an example, Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo has
A+ for both “Career” and “Recent.”
Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez has an
F and F-.
The Black Caucus average grade is F and F. Without
question, the Black Caucus votes in support of higher
levels of immigration at every opportunity.
I asked Terry Anderson to explain it to me. His
“Racism, in a word. The
disdain and distrust that the Black Caucus has for white
America is so great that it is willing to sell the black
community out in a heartbeat. The Caucus will take a
brown face over a white face any day. If you think for a
minute that any Black Caucus member is going to take
sides with the all-white immigration reduction leaders,
Anderson suggested I watch his
1999 Congressional testimony to then Chairman of the
Immigration Sub-Committee Texas
Rep. Lamar Smith (A+ and B+) and Black Caucus member
Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Grades
F and F).
Jackson-Lee tipped her hand at outset by warning the
witnesses – who had traveled 2,000 miles to testify about
illegal immigration`s impact on their daily lives – not
to paint immigrants with “a broad brush” and to avoid
“We are all God`s children; we all come from
somewhere,” said Jackson-Lee.
Terry Anderson testified that illegal aliens have
overwhelmed his once-quiet South Central Los Angeles
Then, referring to the pro-illegal aliens lobbyists,
Anderson went on:
“They won`t tell you how
skilled black workers in Los Angeles can no longer apply
their trade. Body and fender, roofers, framers,
drywallers, gardeners, and now even truck drivers. They
won`t dare tell you about all of the race riots in our
schools where the blacks are told to take their black
asses back to Africa. Even the news media has refused to
tell of this while we know that they are aware or it.
There is NEVER a mention of all of the billboards in
Spanish and how Chevron is now advertising in Spanish on
English language TV.
“The illegals won`t hire
us and won`t buy from us. But still our elected black
officials won`t help us.
“I met once a few years
ago with my Congressman, Julian Dixon. He said he would
check into it. He has done nothing. What he HAS done is
vote against every bill that would help my and his race
of people. He now refuses to meet with me.
“We, black Americans are
being displaced in Los Angeles. We are being
systematically and economically replaced.
“And the next time
somebody tells you that the illegals only takes jobs that
blacks won`t do, just remember that WE were doing those
jobs before the illegal got here.
“AND in places of the
country where there is not yet a problem with illegals,
you can STILL get your grass cut, your dinner served,
your dishes bussed and your hotel room cleaned.
“Funny how in those places
Americans are doing those jobs.”
During the question and answer, Anderson said that
“racist” groups like MALDEF, LULAC, MeCHA and La Raza,
had Congress` attention.
But, asked Anderson, “Who speaks for us? Who speaks
for our children?”
Jackson-Lee had no answer. At the end of the 1999
session, Jackson-Lee approached Anderson with her hand
outstretched. “I don`t think I`ll shake your hand.
You`re not listening to us,” Anderson said.
Roy Beck added his perspective. “You have to
remember that the demographics are shifting very fast,”
said Beck. “At least half of the Black Caucus members
represent districts whose make-up is one-third or more
“But,” Beck continued, “I just don`t think
the Black Caucus realizes the full extent of the harm
they are doing to blacks. The Black Caucus is vaguely
aware but chooses not to dwell on it. The reality may be
In his book
The Case Against Immigration, Beck devoted two
chapters to the consequences of mass immigration for
During our talk, Beck said that the economic fate of
black workers during the recent thirty years is the same
as it has always been during periods of high immigration:
jobs become scarce and wages go down.
“After years of steady improvement, economic and
social conditions for blacks citizens have deteriorated
substantially since the 1970s,” said Beck. (See the
recent report by the Economic Policy Institute,
“The State of Working America”
Roy Beck stressed the importance of looking at the
Black Caucus failures in a historic light.
“Just as blacks were
poised to take advantage of the civil rights laws of the
1960s, the flow of foreign workers to the highest wage
cities in the North and West blocked them. The difference
between this era and past eras is that black
leaders—Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois as well as
dozens of black preachers, scholars and journalists
vehemently denounced the arrival of European, Mexican,
Chinese and Japanese workers.”
Beck added that the pro-immigration advocacy of white
groups adds insult to injury to blacks. “Blacks have
already repeatedly been displaced, overwhelmed and
intimidated by European immigrants. Now we`re asking them
to sit still for it again from Mexicans—here illegally,
Concluded Beck, “Anything that stands in the way of
economic and social progress for blacks is not acceptable
under any circumstances.”
Alas, Anderson and Beck`s message has not gotten
through to the Black Caucus—especially to Jackson-Lee who
has just introduced
H.R. 1830, the Earned Legalization and Family
Terry Anderson knew four years ago that Jackson-Lee
But he never suspected she was stone deaf.
Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.