I swear Cynthia Tucker must write columns just so bloggers can have an easy fisk. "Immigration - and strange bedfellows" discusses attempts by "right-wing zealots" and "ultraconservatives" to protect American workers, including blacks. According to Tucker, that's quite out of character for groups such as the Minutemen and pundits such as Sean Hannity. It's only those who support illegal immigration like Tucker who are the true friends of disadvantaged blacks, and she has the biased, problematic Pew survey to back her up. Of course, the study couldn't find any great employment-related benefit from massive illegal immigration, a large percentage of working-age black men are out of work in NYC and other areas, and large numbers of blacks have simply stopped looking for work. So, she might want to research the Pew study and all the other studies first, then decide which side she's really on.
And, she might want to give a bit more thought to this bit:
Perhaps nothing has done more harm to uneducated black men over the past 10 years than the shift toward long prison sentences for nonviolent drug offenses. By some estimates, one-third of young black men are either in prison, on parole or on probation. Once a black man acquires a prison record, his prospects for legal employment dim dramatically - at any wage... If all 11 million illegal immigrants disappeared tomorrow, that would not change. So let's not kid ourselves by blaming Mexicans.
Obviously to everyone except Tucker, if all those illegal aliens went home tomorrow those with the limited skill sets of most illegal aliens or greater would be in great demand and that would lead to a large reduction in the conditions she claims to oppose. Whether she can figure that out or not, it's clear that the "right-wing zealots" and "ultraconservatives" have a more effective plan to help disadvantaged Americans than she does.
Immigration · Sat, 08/19/2006 - 02:58 · Importance: 1