The politics of supporting immigration rights

David L. Horne, PH.D. | 5/11/2017, midnight

Further, Dr. Jack Strauss, a research economist at the University of Denver who focuses on this issue, recently (2013) presented the results of his analysis of data from metropolitan areas across the U.S. to answer the question, whether African Americans, in particular, are negatively impacted in the workforce when it comes to immigration. Strauss reported that there seems to be a “one-way causation going from increased immigration, including that of Latinos, to higher Black wages and lower poverty in the Black community.” In short, increased immigration is good for Black workers. Put another way, Strauss’ conclusion was that, “a one percent rise in Latino immigration contributes to a 1.4 percent increase in employment rates among African Americans,” and “for every 1 percent increase in a city’s share of Latinos, African American median and mean wages increased by 3 percent.”

And, of course, there are other researchers who have reported results which conflict with those findings. However, the point is, Mr. Broadwater’s insistence that there should be a correction in the current civil rights movement to reflect a Black employment first strategy that recognizes that support for immigrant rights hurts Black workers, is not a sustainable position. He requests that Dr. Chavis do more research on the issue. It is suggested that Mr. Broadwater take his own advice. Focusing on Black American jobs first does not, and should not, mean joining the parade of anti-immigrant groups and individuals currently trumpeting themselves in the U.S.