A national policy group says surges in immigration have harmed black workers throughout U.S. history, and it’s poised to happen again under President Obama.
Chicago talk show host Charles Butler, a member of the Project 21 national advisory council, says many blacks were displaced in the job market when Ireland’s population migrated to America during the 1800s.
If President Obama legalizes even some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, it would hurt blacks who are faring worst in the job market, says Butler.
Black unemployment is historically double that of whites and over the summer of 2014 it hovered at more than 10 percent.
Butler says Hispanics are already taking jobs that black Americans and poor Americans gravitate to, which he says are entry-level jobs that lead to the “American dream.”
He calls it ironic that a President who is half-black “would be the factor that decimates black Americans.”