Plans for amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants who are here already are encountering tough pushback across the board from conservative leaders and groups. While many are vehemently against the immigration reform package recently passed by the Senate, the Black American Leadership Alliance has come out strongly against the calls for amnesty or “earned pathways to citizenship” altogether and is hosting a rally to demand action from Congress.
The Tea Party News Network sat down to discuss the issue with Charles Butler, talk radio host of The Take and a spokesman for the Black American Leadership Alliance, who is organizing the DC March for Jobs on July 15th, 2013, in Washington, D.C.
While Americans struggle to make ends meet, lawmakers in Washington are pushing for immigration reform that would add between 11 million to 20 million new workers to the job market at a time when an estimated 23 million Americans are out of work. With such a tremendous influx of unskilled labor, the introduction of millions of previously-illegal immigrants into the job market will create a massive crisis for the lower and middle class.
“Everything that is being put forth in the news media and by both parties is about the positive effects of bringing, what amounts to, 20 million illegals into this country out of the shadows and another 33 million per the Senate bill,” Butler began. “We are opposed to anymore immigration- period. Our current immigration policy allows for 125,000 people per month into our country. In April, we created 88,000 jobs. In May, we created around 120,000 jobs; where are the rest of these people going? They are going on public assistance, public benefits on the taxpayer dollar.”
The Black American Leadership Alliance is opposing the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill as well as any bill that doesn’t include border security measures as a first priority, that offers amnesty or citizenship for the millions of illegal immigrants already in the country, that has not been read by Congress before passage or that put political or corporate interests ahead of the American people.
Though illegal immigration affects all Americans, Butler notes that the rise of unskilled labor threatens the livelihood of black Americans particularly:
“[Illegal immigration] disproportionately affects black Americans because still, in 2013, black Americans are at the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum… Those entry level jobs and those lower-skilled jobs go to people who fit those profiles and they happen to most often be black Americans and poor Americans. We have enough poor people here already.”
While the immigration discussion largely revolves around economic considerations, the cultural implications cannot be ignored. Butler observes that other nations, including Mexico, enforce their immigration laws, but that America tolerates not only a continued breaking of our laws, but a routine refusal by many illegal immigrants to assimilate to American values and customs.
“We should enforce our immigration laws. Mexico enforces its immigration laws. If you, as a young person, were to go down and work into one of the Mexican resorts- and first of all, you have to have a work permit-… and you go down there on a work visa for the summer and you think, ‘This is a great job, a great hotel, I love the people; I’m going to stay down in Cancun and snorkel and scuba dive for a semester and I’ll just go back to school after fall quarter.’ Guess what? About October or November, they’re going to come and arrest you and put you in prison.”
“It’s impolite to speak a foreign language when you’re in the presence of people who only speak one language and that primary language is English- not Spanish. These people are so presumptuous, they sued Whole Foods over speaking English in the workplace, because they wanted to communicate between themselves and that sounds very subversive to me… We are not getting people who want to be Americans, we are not getting people in this country who aspire to be Americans; we are getting people in this country who want to usurp the basic foundations of what has made our nation great.”
The Black American Leadership Alliance and its coalition partners are holding the DC March for Jobs rally on July 15th, 2013, at 9:30 a.m. at Freedom Plaza between 13th and 14th Streets on Pennsylvania Ave. Speakers will include Butler, former Congressmen Allan West, Congressman Mo Brooks, Kevin Jackson, Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, C.L. Bryant, Leah Durant, William Gheen and other black conservative leaders.
The stated purpose of the rally is to call upon Congress to:
Recognize the devastating effects illegal immigration and amnesty have on low-skilled workers, particularly those in minority communities, enforce current immigration laws and fulfill their duties to the millions of Americans struggling to find work by opposing amnesty and supporting policies to reduce overall levels of legal and illegal immigration, and to protect American jobs from irresponsible immigration legislation.