Black Leaders Rally in D.C. Against “Gang of Eight” Immigration Bill

By:  Dave Bohon
Black Leaders Rally in D.C. Against “Gang of Eight” Immigration Bill

A group of black leaders rallied on Capitol Hill July 15 to emphasize how the present immigration "reform" bill would economically devastate the black community.

It has been called a jobs bill for the millions of illegal immigrants who have streamed into America through its porous borders. It's S. 744, euphemistically called the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill after the “bipartisan” team that introduced it last April and arranged for its Senate passage in late June. The measure, which the House has thus far held at arms-length, would grant amnesty to some 12 million illegal aliens in the United States, dramatically increase legal immigration, and offer a path to citizenship for many of these millions — all while doing nothing to shore up the nation's nearly open borders and improve border security. Most crucially, warn members of the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA), the immigration “reform” bill would effectively take jobs out of hands of America's disadvantaged and low-skill workers — particularly those in the African-American community — and give them to the millions of immigrants who would gain instant legal status.

On July 15 members of BALA joined conservative legislators and other leaders in Washington, D.C. for a rally designed to send a strong signal that a core of Americans are standing against the immigration “reform” bill. Among the legislators speaking at the BALA-sponsored event were U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), U.S. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa), and former Congressman Allen West (R-Fla).

Rally organizer Leah Durant, founder of BALA, said that the purpose of the event,which drew an estimated 3,000 participants, was to demonstrate the strong opposition to the Senate-passed immigration bill, particularly among black leaders, who argue that giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens now in the United States will effectively flood the job market with a labor force that will take jobs that have traditionally been filled by low-skilled American workers, particularly those in the black community.

“It is our strong belief that now is not time to permit another amnesty that adds millions more workers to swamp our labor markets and dramatically increase competition for scare U.S. jobs,” Durant told Breitbart News in an interview before the event. She added that those at the rally were concerned about “making sure that America’s jobs are preserved for American workers at a time when nearly 22 million Americans are either out of work or underemployed.”

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