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Are illegal immigrants taking jobs from minorities? according to the GOP...

WASHINGTON – Black lawmakers accused Republicans on Tuesday of trying to "manufacture tension" between African-Americans and immigrants as GOP House members argued in a hearing that more minorities would be working were it not for illegal immigration.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, D-Mo., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, criticized the hearing's premise in a statement. Several other Democratic lawmakers echoed that argument, saying Republicans were ignoring their lack of support for job training, affirmative action, college financial aid and other programs more critical to employment of minorities.

"I am concerned by the majority's attempt to manufacture tension between African-Americans and immigrant communities. It seems as though they would like for our communities to think about immigration in terms of 'us versus them,' and I reject that notion," Cleaver said in his statement.

Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, issued a warning at the start of the hearing against any attempts to pit blacks against Latino immigrants, a notion that he said he found "so abhorrent and repulsive."

The Republican takeover of the House has given the GOP the chance to shape the immigration debate this session. Republicans have been couching their immigration agenda in the context of the slumping economy and consistently high unemployment. Tuesday's hearing by the immigration and enforcement subcommittee was the third focusing on jobs, the economy and immigration enforcement.

Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Calif., the subcommittee's chairman, argued that the "real victims of the failed immigration policies" are low-skilled legal workers. Gallegly said the topic is often ignored by immigration supporters.

"Our focus should be on ensuring every U.S. citizen American who is willing to work has a job instead of (filling) jobs with foreign laborers," Gallegly said. Immigrants often compete for jobs with low-income laborers, he said.

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:20 AM on Mar. 2, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • GOP House members argued in a hearing that more minorities would be working were it not for illegal immigration.


    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110301/ap_on_re_us/us_immigration_minorities

    sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 8:21 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • its my personal opinion that illegal immigrants are so happy to be here that they will take jobs that NO OTHER american will take....very hard work for very little pay....i dont think they're taking jobs from ANYONE....i think they're doing work that lazy american refuse to do.
    LoriaAnn

    Answer by LoriaAnn at 8:23 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • Republicans were ignoring their lack of support for job training, affirmative action, college financial aid and other programs more critical to employment of minorities.

    --
    It's 2011. We have a Black President.
    Oppresion doesn't exist anymore, remember?
    does BuhbyeBarack need to speak to the public again on personal responsibility?
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:23 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • btw...its also insulting to assume that the crappy jobs illegal immigrants take would otherwise only be occupied by blacks....since when do white people not work crappy jobs too? to me, its like implying that these jobs are "beneath" white people.....thats just wrong.
    LoriaAnn

    Answer by LoriaAnn at 8:25 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:26 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:28 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • what is "minority?"
    shay1130

    Answer by shay1130 at 8:29 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • Most likely true.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 8:29 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9PVFDFSUBY&feature=related


    oh my personal responsibility...at 1:00

    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:31 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

  • to me i think illiegals often do the jobs us americans wont. if american started to pick lettuce we would want higher pay health insurance possibly a union a retirement plan, which would make a head of lettuce 5.00. i sure dont want to pay that much for lettuce. (useing lettuce as an example) there is a place for them in this country and there always has been. it helps stablized the price of some things that would otherwise be threw the roof.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:32 AM on Mar. 2, 2011

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