U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s claim that immigration reform is a new “civil rights” issue is flat-out wrong, and low-income black workers will be the ones who pay the price for the “amnesty” bill in the long run.
That’s a Labor Day lesson from Peter Kirsanow, a nationally known conservative voice and member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, who said President Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus and Democrats overall are pursuing a political payoff from future Hispanic voters at the expense of their most loyal constituents.
“If you take a look at the basis of the civil rights movement, it was to have blacks treated in all respects the same as whites or everybody else,” Kirsanow told Breitbart.com.
When Holder called creating a pathway to citizenship – that’s amnesty to the rest of us — a “civil right” in April, he twisted those words around, Kirsanow said.
“What amnesty is doing is setting aside a special class of individuals who are going to put forward and treated more favorably than others,” Kirsanow said. “In other words, they’ve already broken the law and are being given amnesty.”
Kirsanow, who was a member of the National Labor Relations Board from 2006 to 2008, said amnesty’s impact on the labor market is going to hurt the very people liberals constantly claim to be so concerned about.
“What’s interesting is those who have described themselves as the champions of civil rights are doing enormous damage to the ranks of black Americans by supporting and shepherding through comprehensive immigration reform that does nothing to control the borders,” Kirsanow said.
“[It] grants amnesty and is going to create a legal population of individuals who are going to undercut the employment and wage prospects for low income Americans, generally, and specifically black Americans and more specifically black males,” he said.
Kirsanow isn’t alone.
During a “Sean Hannity Show” forum in June, Charles Butler, the Chicago-based talk show host and member of the national advisory council for the Project 21 black conservative network, cited the “detrimental impact” that immigration changes included in the Senate plan would have on black American workers.
“We have people who are talking about legalizing 12 million people and bringing another 33 million guest workers who are going to impact lower socioeconomic jobs in this country. And [the Congressional Budget Office] has already said that its going to be a very detrimental impact on black Americans,” Butler said. “I’m telling you, those are the issues we need to focus on.”
So why are the first black president and the Congressional Black Caucus going along?
Because Obama is looking for votes across the nation for the Democratic Party, Kirsenow said. And since the president is supporting amnesty, black caucus members can, too, without worrying about being challenged in their own districts.
“You know that old line, when you want to figure out why something is being done, follow the money?” Kirsanow said. “Well, in politics, you not only follow the money, but you follow the votes or potential votes.”