Two black conservatives explained to Fox News’ “Hannity” why African-Americans should support presidential candidates, such as Republican Donald Trump, who would be tough on illegal immigration.
Host Sean Hannity opened the discussion Wednesday by saying illegal immigration disproportionately hurts black people.
“You’re absolutely right, and Trump’s plan would help black Americans,” Fox commentator Deneen Borelli said.
Borelli agreed that the waves of illegal immigrants in the United States are not only competing for jobs but also driving down wages and opportunity.
Writer and radio host Larry Elder weighed in with his personal experience. His father, he recalled, cleaned toilets for a living.
“Yet the open-borders people will tell you that illegal aliens are doing jobs that Americans won’t do,” Elder said.
He suggested that Trump might finally be the one to pull the usually “monolithic black vote” away from Democratic candidates because he isn’t afraid to broach the subject.
Elder said Trump’s plan to send illegal immigrants back to their homelands is not impossible.
“At one time it was unthinkable that slaves would be free, at one time it was unthinkable that women would get the right to vote,” he said. “It is not unthinkable to have people who are here illegally leave and then reapply to come back in.”
Elder said it’s the same argument that black conservative icon Thomas Sowell has been making for years.
“People don’t think he’s crazy,” Elder said.
The Fox panel agreed that all Americans are negatively affected by the enormous cost of housing, healthcare, education and law enforcement for illegal aliens, but that African-Americans are hurt most.
Elder said it’s possible for Trump’s message, which is resonating with many Americans, to resonate specifically with black Americans if he keeps driving the point home.
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