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March 14, 2014

Do Undocumented Immigrants Have a Lower Unemployment Rate Than Blacks?

Do Undocumented Immigrants Have a Lower Unemployment Rate Than Blacks?

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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?



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7 thoughts on “Do Undocumented Immigrants Have a Lower Unemployment Rate Than Blacks?

  1. Watchful says:

    What’s the endgame? 

    Same as it ever was, to keep black ppl under a constant state of oppression with institutional/structural racism serving as one of the primary tools/weapons to achieve their objective. This applies, as Mr.Neely Fuller Jr.  teaches us, to one of the 9 areas of people activity, that being LABOR.


    BTW, I came across this article a day or so ago which dealt with the different ways of interpreting unemployment numbers, although I’m not sure I agree with the writer’s contention that the unemployment rate isn’t manipulated for political gain. Nor does he address any type of racial disparities. Nonethless, I found it to be an interesting read.

  2. Watchful says:

    BTW, I forgot to add, I believe the only way we will ever change our bleak unemployment situation is to create and grow our own businesses and hire our own ppl, just like other ethnic groups do. Both Dr. Claud Anderson and Dr. Boyce Watkins, among others, have been preaching this for quite sometime now. If we change our attitudes and behavior and pool our resources I believe we could effectively reduce our unemployment numbers and become more independent as a group.

  3. ROBERT@atx says:

    DOES anyone remember that they told us that these people were here to do jobs that AMERICANS won’t do.

    IF that’s the case then why do the POTUS spend so much time on a people that he has no legal ; constitutional or moral obligation for other than deporting them.

    THE late CESAR CHAVES who founded the united farm workers union and is probably the most respected MEXICAN AMERICAN leader who has street’s and monument’s in his name across the country was against illegal immigration because he knew that the constant flow of cheap labor would undermine the MEXICAN farm workers he was representing.

    WE have to start understanding this from the point of corporations and international treaties.

    ILLEGAL immigration is designed to undercut our wages and impoverish us and at the same time benefit the large corporations because of the cheap labor; nothing else makes sense because what sane government would expend so much time and energy on a people who are not legally in their country over the interest of it’s own citizens?

    ALSO keep in mind the country of MEXICO has some of the most stringent immigration laws in the world because they are trying to protect a already poor society from even more poor people coming up from central AMERICA; I have lived in the city of EL PASO and visited MEXICO almost daily I have seen it first hand and I can tell you that there is no border between our two countries.

  4. BlackheywoodHeywood says:

    Yes they do and our elected officials and President Obama refuses to believe it or address it. If he does Latinos will attack him. and since they’re his chief concern he’ll remain silent and blame Black people for not working hard.

  5. hiroader2 says:

    It’s not funny, But it goes back to the political cartoon were a giant Uncle Sam searches other continents around the world for world hunger when there were hungry people at his feet…
    When we watch AA representatives in the media speaking on national domestic issues they’re talking about immigrant eligibility, Obamacare and various other diverted distracted issues. Hence their failures to address their 95% percent democrat supported constituency’s African American community unemployment matters… You’d seriously have to ask why these representatives would defend illegal immigrant urban placement when their dedicated reelecting base lose employment resources due to cheaper labor?..
    UNDER tenure of our lifelong African-American political representatives , While pandering for the eligibility of “undocumented” immigrants they’re negligent in supporting the citizenship of the African-American community… The recent trend of racial profiling proves this,.. stop-n-frisk., stand-your-ground, gerrymandering, vote redistricting, the lie that since the manchurian Obama was elected portions of civil & voters rights acts should be dismantled ., all aside the fact of high unemployment…

  6. naej358 says:

    Everyone I See With A Job In America, Has An Accent…

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