They call themselves the "emerging majority". As Washington debates the merits of granting amnesty to the estimated 11 to 30 million illegal immigrants living in this country, the vast majority of which come from Mexico, an additional 500,000 more Mexicans legally immigrate each year. These new immigrants are typically lower educated and less skilled and they end up competing with America's low skilled native workforce.
They say they come here to do the jobs Americans won't do. But what they are really doing is taking jobs away from America's low skilled workers. Low skilled Black Americans are hit especially hard, with unemployment rates reported by the federal government of over 24%. If you factor in low skilled black workers who have given up looking for work entirely that number increases to 35 or 40%, possibly more.
As a result of this high unemployment, many out-of-work black males turn to crime and gangs. They ultimately end up being killed or put in prison, leaving many black families broken. The scenario has become so prevalent in the black community that PBS's Sesame Street has created a Muppet character whose father is serving time in prison.
According to the NAACP, nearly 1 million of the 2.3 million people serving time in prison are black.
The lack of jobs in the black community, which resulted in the break up of the black family, has also led to an excessively high abortion rate among black women, who are already struggling to make ends meet, finding themselves dependent on the federal government just to get by. In the 30 years since Reagan's amnesty, more than 30 million black lives have been lost to abortion. Some might call that trend genocide.
The swell of mass immigration from Mexico, both through legal and illegal immigration, has grown the Hispanic population in the United States has increased from 18.8 million in 1987 (the year after Reagan's amnesty) to 50.4 million according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Hispanics now make up the nations second largest racial demographic at 16.4% of the population and climbing. If that same trend holds true, the number of Hispanic in the country will grow to over 150 million or 29% of the entire population by 2050.
Compare those numbers with black Americans, who currently make up 12.6% of the population with just over 38 million. Black leaders, like those in the NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus, argue that blacks in the America are basically second class citizens. They complain that the policies that would help their community are being ignored. Yet, those same leaders seem to be openly supporting comprehensive immigration reform or amnesty for illegal immigrants who take jobs aware from the most vulnerable in their community.
The very fact that comprehensive immigration reform continues to be a key issue in Washington and in the states, above all other serious and critical issues like the economy and wars in the Middle East, proves that the issues cared about by the Hispanic community are already garnering more favor with the Washington elite than issues that effect the black community. Instead of standing against comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty, it appears black leaders are willing to become third-class citizens.