A member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights told President Obama Monday that the administration’s reported plan to grant work permits to millions of illegal immigrants would have a harmful effect on black American workers.
Peter Kirsanow, a Republican appointee to the panel, said in a letter to the president and to the Congressional Black Caucus that issuing millions of work permits to potentially low-wage workers “will devastate the black community.”
“Such an increase in lawful workers would have a deleterious effect on low-skilled American workers, particularly black workers,” Mr. Kirsanow said. “Illegal immigration has a disparate impact on African-American men because these men are disproportionately represented in the low-skilled labor force.”
The president is planning to issue an executive order after the Nov. 4 election that many predict will grant temporary legal status for a significant portion of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security last week issued a draft contract for a large purchase of paper, asking for the contract to cover an anticipated “surge” in demand for so-called green cards. A White House spokesman denied that there was a covert plan to issue up to 5 million work permits per year, saying such orders of paper are routine and that Mr. Obama has yet to announce a decision.
Mr. Kirsanow, who said he was not speaking for the whole commission, urged Mr. Obama to “forgo” an executive order, saying that granting legal status to millions of illegal immigrants would depress wages for all racial groups. He said black workers’ wages have been the slowest to recover from the recession.
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SOURCE: The Washington Times