Is the Campaign for Amnesty the New Civil Rights Movement?

At the march on the Capitol this week to demand adoption of comprehensive immigration reform (aka amnesty) a prominent speaker was Benjamin Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP. His presence demonstrates the expansion of the focus of his organization from fighting against discrimination against blacks to championing the campaign of illegal aliens for legal status.

It seems that Mr. Jealous is color blind in distinguishing between immigrants who legally join our society and those who are in effect gate crashers. And he seems to be oblivious of the research that demonstrates that those gate crashers harm the economic opportunities of America’s least educated and skilled workers, who are disproportionately minorities.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Mr. Jealous should check a dictionary. “Civil rights” by definition belong to CITIZENS of a country, not to people who have no right to even be in this country. Guess he’s trying to make up for the increasing irrelevance of the NAACP.

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    95% of the Murder Warrants in Los Angeles are for Illegal Aliens.
    83% in Phoenix……want to continue living in a fantasy??? Want to
    think these are all pleasant grass trimmers??

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      John Winthrop on

      The same thing for crazy people like the last murders and shootings w guns…..that means all Americans are crazy????? Of course not…so that means not all illegals are criminal as and murderers

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    These people have rights. In the country they are citizens of. And as pointed out, immigration has affected wages of the lowest skilled the most. That would mean blacks. Why the average black person allows this nonsense in their name is beyond me. This should be their time, when true equality is at hand, and they’re being shunted aside by those pandering to illegals.

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    There’s a big difference. People have a right to expect to be treated equally no matter the race. There is no right to emigrate wherever the mood moves you to go. There are few if any countries who don’t have rules regulations limits and controls as to immigration.

    If the situation weren’t so volatile it might be funny that the Mexicans make demands about the treatment they expect when the reality is they treat their immigrants far worse than is even dreamed of here.

    Hypocrisy, self-serving hypocrisy makes the whole thing more disgusting.

    Immigrants of old came here expecting and expected to blend in. They sure as heck had better sense than to show up making demands. Those who are allowed to emigrate have the burden of assimilating NOT vice versa. They really do themselves no favor making demands and saying how Texas belongs to them anyway. There is a treaty in existence that says otherwise.

    Either way my advice is DON’T COME HERE DEMANDING ANYTHING if you want acceptance.

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      John Winthrop on

      People are free to do what they want and go as to its implications that is a different story…………SO u have a point……..nobody should demand a right that is earned or given as a privilege…….if they want acceptance and compassion for a great shot at a brighter future…..