Obama isn’t Only One with “Choices”


Despite plummeting poll numbers and growing disapproval of the White House’s border crisis management, the President is not backing down. President Obama stated he remains committed to push through amnesty without Congressional approval, because in his words, he was elected “to make choices.” [1] Yet, these “choices” will gravely affect the livelihood and opportunities of those in the black community.

Civil Rights Commission member Peter Kirsanow released a letter to President Obama, labeling the Administration’s unprecedented move as “disastrous,” claiming it will rob “all Americans, but particularly black Americans,” of jobs they desperately need.

“Any grant of legal status will serve as a magnet to prospective illegal immigrants and further depress employment opportunities and wages for African Americans. Given that the labor force participation rate is at an historic low, the unemployment rate is 6.2%, and there has been a precipitous decline in household wealth, the timing for such a grant of legal status could not be worse.” [2]

Kirsanow’s concern for those within his community is backed by the Administration’s own unemployment figures. Unemployment among African Americans is 11.4%, with ages 16 to 19, being hit the hardest at 34.9%. [3] The 6.2% rate Obama’s Administration glowingly touts is an overall average, masking the impact on the black community. “The discernible negative effect[s] on black employment” will only get worse, if our nation is forced to take on millions more of illegal immigrants.

“Professor Gordon Hanson’s research showed that ‘Immigration . . . accounts for about 40 % of the 18% point decline [from 1960-2000] in black employment rates.’ Professor Vernon Briggs writes that illegal immigrants and blacks (who are disproportionately likely to be low-skilled) often find themselves in competition for the same jobs, and the huge number of illegal immigrants ensures that there is a continual surplus of low-skilled labor, thus preventing wages from rising. Professor Gerald Jaynes’s research found that illegal immigrants had displaced U.S. citizens in industries that had traditionally employed large numbers of African-Americans, such as meatpacking.” [2]

Despite African-Americans’ deep loyalty to the Democrat Party, no one from the Left – not even the Congressional Black Caucus – has come forward to challenge the President on his destructive immigration policy. Instead, media talking heads like Chris Matthews hail the proposed executive action as Obama’s “emancipation proclamation.”

What political pundits such as Matthews refuse to address is the political agenda behind such proclamations. For Democrats, the thought of gaining millions of potential voters instantaneously outweighs the plight others may face, even if they are their most ardent supporters.

Malcolm X may have been right when he “chastised black people for their blind allegiance to the Democratic Party. He said: ‘You put them first, and they put you last — ’cause you’re a chump. A political chump!’” [4]

Allegiance to party over principles and unwillingness to hold elected officials accountable is what turns representatives into rulers on both sides of the aisle. Without voters restraining government, elected officials are taught by experience that they have powers beyond the Constitution. Thankfully, those in the black community – and every community – have the ultimate say each year at the ballot box. Our power in pulling the lever is greater than any pen or phone, and it is that “choice” our elected officials should fear the most.