If you want to understand how bad the recession has been for African-Americans, then consider that, according to Bloomberg View, the unemployment rate for undocumented immigrants may be lower than that of African-Americans.
In an article titled “The Only Way to Stop Illegal Immigration”, the case is made for a comprehensive immigration plan, but it also points out the role immigrants already play in the labor force:
Politicians from varied and distant locales relish demanding militarization down yonder while continuing to ignore the reality of illegal immigration in their own backyards.
What reality? As many as 8 million undocumented immigrants hold jobs in the U.S. In fact, they account for more than 5 percent of the U.S. labor force. Their unemployment rate might even be lower than that of the nation’s black citizens.
Some data as it relates to this conjecture certainly would’ve been helpful, but considering that many immigrants live in the shadows, that’s difficult to come by. But considering the unemployment rate of African-Americans, who have suffered worse than any other demographic under this recession, it is not hard to imagine that the we’ve been outpaced by those who are here illegally.
And as The Wire recently reported, even though there was a slight decrease in black unemployment, according to the latest jobs report, the black unemployment rate has always been at least 60 percent higher than whites:
Since the government began collecting separate data in 1972, the black unemployment rate has always been higher than the white unemployment rate. Every month. In fact, the black unemployment rate has always been at least 60 percent higher than the white unemployment rate.
Part of this surely has to do with structural racism. And the question still remains: is anyone on the Hill ever going to do anything about it? The first black president hasn’t proposed any legislative remedies to offset historic racist public policies, so what now? Will we continue to be surpassed by immigrant populations that didn’t suffer under racist laws? What’s the endgame?