June 24, 2003
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From: Wolfgang Zernik
Joe Guzzardi's piece on The Black Caucus [Why The Black Caucus Looks The Other Way On Immigration] was very well researched and written. It is right on target except for the big elephant in the room which you and other writers on VDARE.COM consistently manage to ignore: illegal immigrants are welcomed because in many cases they are better workers than the Americans (particularly Blacks) that they have displaced.
Joe writes very typically:
"Legal and illegal immigration has undercut blacks from the jobs they once held in meat plants, service industries, and on construction crews. In many cases those were union jobs that paid good wages with full benefits. Now those jobs go to illegal aliens who work for pennies above the minimum wage. "
Now if you are going to claim that the only reason that employers prefer illegal aliens is that they are cheaper you are going to have to prove that!
Personally I believe that this claim is quite false.
Here are just a few examples:
No wonder that The Black Caucus or even VDARE.COM does not want to discuss the elephant in the room. It is much safer to blame the whole problem on low salaries. But that's not the main reason - is it, Joe?
But, even if it's true that Hispanics are better workers than blacks – in the immigrant generation at least – the fact is that American blacks are here. They are American citizens. If they did not face immigrant competition, they would be, on the margin, more likely to be employed and drawn into the majority culture.
Things weren't always this bad. It was precisely the fidelity of black domestic servants in the South that Booker T. Washington cited in his great 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech as one of the reasons Americans should halt the First Great Wave of immigration.