Soaring black jobless rates directly affected by illegal workers
The clamor for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s head on a platter is rivaling that of the biblical call for John the Baptist’s by Salome.
The daily newspaper leads the ruthless pursuit, emboldened by the recent recall of Arizona’s Senate President Russell Pearce in his Mesa legislative district. Pearce was the architect of Arizona’s nationally emulated SB 1070, the law addressing the epidemic of illegal aliens entering the United States. Arpaio has implemented the law with workplace enforcement sweeps.
Yesterday we saw the spectacle of a group of what the newspaper identified as the “Valley’s black leaders” demanding the popular five-term Republican Maricopa County sheriff step down.
As foolishness goes, this display was the pinnacle. The contingent made its choreographed, calculatingly camera-ready, politically motivated demand on the steps of the U.S. Courthouse in downtown Phoenix. This piling on comes in the wake of trumped up DOJ accusations of racial profiling against the sheriff’s office instigated by the Obama White House, and an absurd ruling by District Judge Murray Snow expanding the scope of a lawsuit against the sheriff’s office to include every Hispanic driver and passenger who has been stopped, detained, questioned or searched by MCSO deputies since January 2007.
Warren Stewart, pastor of the First Institutional Baptist Church, and a man who should know better, began the performance by comparing Arpaio to “Bull” Connor, the public safety commissioner in Birmingham, Alabama, member of the Democrat National Committee, and a Klansman, whose officers used fire hoses and attack dogs on civil rights activists in the 1960s. Unlike this charade with Arpaio, it was not necessary to fabricate evidence that Connor was a racist. Yet that knowledge didn’t keep Stewart from solemnly intoning. “We have become the Alabama of the 21st century.”
Connor was active in Democrat Party leadership at the same time Sens. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Albert Gore, Sr. (D-TN) were leading the opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Fully 80 percent of the “no” votes on that bill in the U.S. Senate, and 75 percent of the opposition in the House, came from Democrats.
Adding to the shameless spectacle yesterday was Rev. Oscar Tillman, president of the Phoenix NAACP. Tillman, standing among the pack calling for Arpaio to step down, had previously renounced an out-of-state-financed, race-baiting ad taken out against Arpaio, and called him “a friend.” Tillman also agreed to serve on an advisory council Arpaio formed following the release of a trumped up DOJ report accusing the MCSO of discrimination against Hispanics. Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery expressed concerns the DOJ actions against the sheriff could endanger the public.
What the pastors should be gathering for is to commend the sheriff for his efforts. It is no secret that the impact of illegal alien workers on the labor market negatively impacts blacks, particularly black men. A Congressional subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement held a meeting on this topic in March. Two of the three black witnesses said that the impact of illegals on the wages and unemployment rates of blacks was significant and tough enforcement was needed to prevent it from getting worse.
The government’s casual, wink-and-nod enforcement of employer sanctions indirectly shuts many blacks out of jobs. According to this stunning CBS News report, African American joblessness is at 16.2 percent. For black males, it’s at 17.5 percent; And for black teens, it’s nearly 41 percent.
Why aren’t the black pastors addressing this problem – greatly exacerbated by illegal workers — rather than advocating on their behalf?