By Rick Oltman, July 11, 2019
Census and immigration are in the news, again. The U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Report, “Income and Poverty in the United States: 2017”, published in September 2018, shows that non-citizens earn almost $10,000 a year more than Black American citizens do.
On page 10 of the report, go to “2017” “Medium Income (dollars)”, and on row 11, you will see that Black Americans earn an average annual salary of $40,258. “Not a citizen” workers earn $49,739. “Foreign Born” workers average $57, 273 a year and includes naturalized citizens ($65,859) and non-citizens. There is no category showing the earnings of illegal aliens.
This data shows irrefutably that immigration, legal and illegal, hurts Black American citizens.
An Op-Ed in the Los Angeles Times (March 16, 2018) points out:
… at a large bakery in Chicago that supplies buns to McDonald’s. Some 800 immigrant laborers, most of them from Mexico, lost their jobs last year (2017) after an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Cloverhill Bakery, owned by Aryzta, a big Swiss food conglomerate, had to hire new workers, 80% to 90% of whom are African American. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the new workers are paid $14 per hour, or $4 per hour more than the (illegal) immigrant workers.
Well, thank you ICE, and thank you Law-of-Supply-and-Demand. What this one example proves is that lower-paid foreign workers, in this situation illegal alien workers from Mexico, hurt American citizens, particularly young black males.
This is wrong! American citizens should NOT be hurt by our immigration policies, including both our legal immigration policy and our porous borders.
And Black Americans know what is happening. In 2018, a Harvard-Harris poll found that Black Americans were in favor of reducing legal immigration more than any other ethnic group: 85% want less than the million-plus we currently allow in every year (more than all the rest of the nations of the world combined), and 54% approved of the most strict choices offered — 250,000 immigrants per year or fewer, or none at all.
I recall watching Alan Greenspan, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank, testify to Congress several years ago that America needed to keep importing foreign workers to hold down “wage inflation.”
“Wage inflation” is your pay raise.
Greenspan and the cheap labor lobby, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, be damned. It is time to require E-Verify in America to protect all American citizens from being crowded out by cheap foreign workers.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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