African-American Leaders Call On Congressional Black Caucus To Halt Immigration Bill



” The African American Leadership Council asked the Congressional Black Caucus to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill at a press conference Wednesday morning.

The leaders called on the caucus to protect black workers by opposing the 844-page bill, portions of which the coalition described as amnesty.

The council questioned whether there are enough low-skill jobs for both African Americans and immigrants. One member said increased immigration levels would keep black unemployment, which is already nearly double the national average, elevated for some time.

“With unemployment at 7.6 percent, this is preposterous,” coalition member Charles Butler said. “What makes sense is for America’s jobs to be reserved for people who are legally entitled to compete for them.”

The coalition slammed establishment black leaders in the press conference, saying they do not represent the African-American community on this issue.”