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Feb 27, 2009

Buchanan on Immigration


(From Samspolitics.com) Patrick Buchanan recently wrote a very informative article about how the massive flow of illegal immigration is harming America's lower class (The entire article can be found ay Humanevents.com). Buchanan makes the excellent point that millions of illegal immigrants hold jobs in the service, food and industrial sectors, that young, uneducated AMERICAN, minorities could hold. It is a myth that illegal immigrants only hold jobs that no Americans want. The liberal establishment, who fancy themselves champions of the have nots, are in fact doing a great disservice to the underclass, by not demanding that border laws be enforced.


Buchanan writes: Case in point -- rampant unemployment among minority youth. According to the Center for Immigration Studies, among African-Americans 18 to 29 with only a high-school degree, unemployment is now 20 percent. Among black adults who do not have a high-school diploma, it is 24 percent. Among teenagers under 18, black unemployment is 30 percent. Among native-born Hispanics with only a high-school diploma, the unemployment rate is 13.6 percent. Among high-school dropouts, 16 percent. Among Hispanic 16- and 17-year-olds, the jobless figure is 40 percent. As these figures were compiled in December, before the last two months of sweeping layoffs, they surely understate the situation. And with both black and Hispanic dropout rates now reaching 50 percent in major cities, the social dynamite is piling up. Last month, USA Today reported that the FBI estimates there are now 1 million gang members in the United States -- up 200,000 from 2005 -- and these gangs are responsible for 80 percent of all U.S. crimes. From other studies, young Hispanics are 19 times as likely as white youth to join gangs, while African-Americans are 15 times. These millions of teenagers, and unskilled and less-educated young adults with no jobs and little prospect of finding them, are recruiting pools for criminal gangs. Who is getting the jobs for which these native-born black and Hispanic young could quality? Illegal aliens hold literally millions of them.