Have The Courage To Enforce Immigration Law, Mr. Holder

Lecturing a conscript conclave of
Justice Department bureaucrats, Attorney General Eric
Holder last week called America a
of cowards
for not spending more time talking
about race.

Reading his speech, however, one
recalls the

sage counsel

Pat Moynihan
to President Nixon in 1970: This whole
subject might benefit from a long period of
"benign neglect."

One point Holder did allude to,
without specifics, was this:

"It is not safe for this nation to assume that the unaddressed social
problems in the poorest parts of the country can be
isolated and will not ultimately affect the larger
as Prepared for Delivery by Attorney General Eric Holder
at the Department of Justice African American History
Month Program
February 18, 2009]

Fair point. And what are some of
those social problems?

A 70 percent
illegitimacy rate in black America,
an incarceration
and crime rate

seven times that of white America
, a 50 percent
dropout rate in many urban high schools,
African-American graduates reading and computing on
average at eighth-grade levels.

And about these problems what is

black leadership

Bill Cosby,
the heroic Holder was virtually mute.
Rather, he is upset that
"on Saturdays and
we don`t

go to church
or hang out together. But why are the
of Americans, of whatever creed or
color, any of Eric Holder or Big Brother`s business?

Having insulted us, perhaps Holder
will start doing his own sworn duty. For one area where
he has a lead role is enforcing the nation`s laws—in
particular, the

U.S. immigration laws
. For the federal failure to
enforce these laws is a contributory cause of one of
"unaddressed social problems in the poorest parts of the

Case in point—rampant unemployment
among minority youth.

According to the

Center for Immigration Studies
, among
African-Americans 18 to 29 with only a high-school
degree, unemployment is now 20 percent. Among black
adults who do not have a high-school diploma, it is 24
percent. Among teenagers under 18, black unemployment is
30 percent.

Among native-born Hispanics with
only a high-school diploma, the unemployment rate is
13.6 percent. Among

high-school dropouts,
16 percent. Among Hispanic 16-
and 17-year-olds, the jobless figure is 40 percent.

As these figures were compiled in
December, before the last two months of sweeping
layoffs, they surely understate the situation. And with
both black and Hispanic dropout rates now reaching 50
percent in major cities, the social dynamite is piling

Last month,

USA Today reported that
the FBI estimates there are now 1 million gang members
in the United States—up 200,000 from
2005—and these

are responsible for

80 percent of all U.S. crimes.

From other studies, young Hispanics
are 19 times as likely as white youth to join gangs,
are 15 times.

These millions of teenagers, and
unskilled and less-educated young adults with no jobs
and little prospect of finding them, are recruiting
pools for criminal gangs.

Who is getting the jobs for which
these native-born black and Hispanic young could
qualify? Illegal aliens hold literally millions of them.

Last week, the CIS reported,
"An estimated 6 to 7
million illegal immigrants are currently holding jobs.
Prior research indicates they are overwhelmingly
employed in lower-skilled and lower-paying jobs."

for Immigrants and the US-Born: Picture Bleak for
Less-Educated Black & Hispanic Americans
Steven A. Camarota, February 2009]

Exactly what sort of jobs?

"Illegals are primarily employed in construction,

building cleaning
and maintenance,

food preparation
, service and processing,
transportation and moving occupations and agriculture."

With the exception of agriculture,

majority of the workers in these occupations are
native-born Americans
. Thus, illegal aliens are
taking jobs Americans are not only willing to do, but
are doing, and taking 7 million of these jobs from young
Americans now out of work.

By failing to enforce U.S. immigration laws, the
government of the United States
is selling
`s working class
down the river.

In addition to the 7 million
illegals holding jobs, legal immigrants have another 15
million. In 2008, when Americans lost 3.5 million jobs,
144,000 immigrants were admitted every month.

Why do we have an open-borders
immigration policy that annually allows in millions,
legal and illegal, to compete for jobs, when 10 million
Americans are out of work and half a million are losing
their jobs every month? The

political correctness
and moral cowardice of our
Lords Temporal, who refuse to call
a time-out on immigration
until our own people go
back to work, is killing the American dream for

According to the census, as
reported in The New York Times on Saturday, 97 percent of immigrants from Mexico
not speak English at home.
They are less skilled and
less educated than the average American.

Says demographer

William Frey,

"The new immigrant magnets especially in the

are disproportionately attracting young
Mexican men who are willing to accept low wages."
Offers Look at Nation`s Immigrants
, February 21, 2009]

What further proof is needed that
mass immigration from the Third World
is taking

jobs from Americans
and driving down their wages
when they do find work?

Here is a problem more serious than
whether black and white elites are getting together on
weekends to gabble about race.

But, dealing with it, Mr. Holder,
will take courage.



Patrick J. Buchanan


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