Biden’s agenda excludes ‘fairness’ for black workers – The Gilmer Mirror

By Joe Guzzardi

On his first day in office, President Biden signed an executive order to advance racial equity and support underserved communities, an admirable goal that most Americans share. Unfortunately for residents of these struggling communities, many of whom are African American, on the same day Biden signed several other executive orders that fundamentally changed how the new administration would deal with immigration. These executive orders sent a message around the world that amnesty is on the table and enforcement, for the most part, was off the table.

While few could foresee how impossible it would become to implement Biden’s equity agenda once his executive orders on immigration are implemented, the results are now clear. The huge influx of illegal immigrants at the border – 2.1 million expected this year – legally admitted Ukrainian and Afghan evacuees, and more than one million legal immigrants admitted each year on autopilot have made employment conditions difficult for underserved black Americans to find jobs or to move from their entry-level jobs to well-paying middle-class positions.

No president genuinely concerned about fairness and the future of black Americans could open the Southwest border and reward foreign nationals who deliberately and knowingly violated US immigration laws with work authorization.

Since Biden took office until July 2022, an estimated 4.9 million illegal immigrants, including about 900,000 fugitives, crossed the border and entered the interior. For those among the 4.9 million who are of working age, which the Bureau of Labor Statistics defines as 18 to 64, many, if not most, will receive work authorization. Evacuees and legal immigrants also receive employment documents. Those who do not could enter the underground economy, always fertile ground for unscrupulous employers.

But the willfully porous border isn’t the only culprit preventing black, Hispanic and other minority workers from moving up the social strata. The Biden White House is allowing unnecessary job-based visas to persist. Dozens of visa categories displace or disadvantage Americans seeking low- or high-skilled jobs in recreation, landscaping, forestry, technology, and medical sciences. Neither the donor class nor anyone occupying the White House blinks when talented and experienced Americans lose their jobs and have to train their foreign-born replacements. Deeply indebted college graduates are behind the eight ball when forced to compete with cheaper foreign labor. The donor class wins; American workers are losing.

But the uncomfortable truth is that the Washington establishment prefers foreign-born workers. write in Newsweek, Pamela Denise Long, a descendant of an American slave advocate, asked why black dreams didn’t matter. “Aren’t the descendants of American slaves supposed to notice how negatively we and our countrymen are affected by yet another ‘social justice’ bastardy?”

In his opinion piece, Long wrote that “the immigration industrial complex built around legal and illegal migration has abandoned what is patriotic and pro-American.” She points to the 2010 Civil Rights Commission report which found that the abundance of foreign workers expands the labor market, which ultimately led to a 40% drop in low-skilled, native-born black men. . Long called the Biden administration’s policies “the most extensive federal giveaway to legal and illegal migrants since President Reagan’s 1986 amnesty.”

Although Newsweek classified Long’s essay as an opinion, she wrote undeniable truths about the devastating effect that persistent high legal immigration and unchecked illegal immigration have on American workers, especially those who have only a high school diploma or less. Long’s essay ended with this warning: “By supporting brain drain policies [importing foreign workers], Democrats, and civil servants who are Republicans in name only are traitors to the American people. We see you!”

In his book, “Back of the Hiring Line,” author Roy Beck titled his final chapter, “Prioritize Descendants of Slavery?” Beck concluded that the most helpful immigration policy for black people with no college education will also be the appropriate immigration policy for other vulnerable Americans, including recently arrived legal immigrants. Put everything Americans on the path to greater wealth, mass immigration must be drastically reduced.

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Joe Guzzardi is a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist who writes about immigration and related social issues. Joe joined Progressives for Immigration Reform in 2018 as an analyst after a decade-long career directing media relations for Californians for Population Stabilization, where he was also a Senior Writing Fellow. Originally from California, Joe now lives in Pennsylvania. Contact him at jguzzardi@pfirdc.org.

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