From the website, some interesting messaging…
Why the March to preserve American jobs for American workers?
We believe it is time that members of Congress act to preserve economic opportunity for American workers – and pass immigration legislation that protects and supports the nearly 22 million American citizens who do not have jobs, or cannot find adequate employment to support their families. Economists report that labor participation in the U.S. is at its lowest rate in over 30 years.
Despite sluggish economic conditions, some in Congress have put forth immigration proposals to increase legal immigration levels by 50% and provide amnesty to over 11 million people who have entered the country illegally. We stand against these proposals, as they will result in adding millions more to the U.S. labor force, putting millions of American citizens out of work.
And there’s a great video interview with Allen West and Leah Durant on the site. If you don’t know who Durant is, she’s a former Justice Department official and an expert on immigration laws, and currently heads the Black American Leadership Alliance, which she founded…
The upshot of all this? It will depend on the size of the crowd the DC March For Jobs can generate, which will unquestionably be discounted if not ignored by the national media. But assuming a good crowd can be brought to the venue, you might begin to see a movement which pushes back against one of the more breathtaking political betrayals of our time. As Durant mentions, with black unemployment being what it is and with the state of public education in this country being what it is in terms of supplying students with marketable job skills the idea that you’re going to legalize and inject into the job market some 10-15 million illegal immigrants is absolutely devastating to the black community from an economic perspective.
And given the support the black community has given to the Democrat Party, which has appointed itself the protector of the black community and falsely claims to have stood for over 200 years at the forefront of the civil rights fight, for that party to endorse amnesty is a colossal slap in the face.
So there is no reason why the black community shouldn’t unload on the Democrats with both barrels for its selling them out on immigration as it’s doing, and there is no reason on earth why the folks organizing the DC March For Jobs shouldn’t train their guns on the Congressional Black Caucus for their complicity in this sellout.
It’s issues and messaging like this which will help to move the needle and open up the black vote to competition. What’s amazing is that the GOP establishment hasn’t been on the forefront of creating leverage on the immigration issue – instead they’re trying to capitulate on this bill without even getting anything for it. Why this is the case isn’t hard to understand, but it’s fairly stupid considering the Hispanic vote is all but 8.5 percent of the electorate while the black vote is more like 13 percent – and for all the panicked howling about how the GOP is losing the Hispanic vote Mitt Romney got right at the historical average of Hispanics for a Republican candidate at 31 percent.
Meanwhile, Romney got six percent of the black vote. It’s impossible to imagine one group of people being more monolithic than the black community has been for Democrats over the last several years, and yet the results of that governance and those policies have not been positive. And what that means – particularly in context of lots of issues which cut very similar to immigration – is that a sizable piece of that vote is very soft for the Democrats if it’s courted properly and can be turned.
Moving 10 percent of the black vote, which is 13 percent of the electorate, gets you a lot more votes than moving 10 percent of the Hispanic vote, which is 8.5 percent of the electorate. And when Democrats are at an all-time high in terms of how much of the black vote they’re getting while they’re getting about what they’ve always gotten among Hispanics, it’s also a lot easier to move 10 percent of the black vote than it is to move 10 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Nobody seems to understand this at the RNC. Thank God the DC March For Jobs folks do.