Thirty-five CBC legislators did not sign the letter — and the 18 signers mostly come from districts where black voters are in the minority. The 2:1 split spotlights the unpopularity of the proposed amnesties among blacks, despite top-level pressure by Democratic leaders, business leaders, and the pro-migration media.
Amnesty is unpopular among blacks because legal and illegal immigrants have long suppressed blacks’ wages, spiked their rents, and diluted their political power and cultural clout. This economic pressure was briefly reversed under President Donald Trump’s lower-immigration policies, allowing black wages to rise and black poverty to drop.
The pro-amnesty September 10 letter reads:
As members of the Congressional Black Caucus, we write to reiterate our strong support for including a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, essential immigrant workers, farm workers, and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in the final version of the Build Back Better reconciliation bill.
“The pandemic has exacerbated deep racial, gender, and economic inequities, so it is imperative that we take this opportunity to ease those divides and begin working towards an equitable recovery,” the letter adds.
But legislation that prioritizes illegal aliens is not “equitable” for black Americans.