By Bob Bennett
It may appear to Black Americans that Barack Obama is in their corner, but it’s a cunning deception. His presidency has had a truly malevolent effect on the Black community—by design. The sole evidence that the White House has any interest whatever in Black America has been an unending stream of rhetoric alleging racism by police against Blacks. Such a campaign can only spawn more resistance to police in encounters between Blacks and cops. And since crime is far more prevalent in Black neighborhoods, those encounters are inevitable.
An ancillary Obama campaign makes constant reference to Jim Crow seeping out of every crevice in our society. In an interview with comedian Marc Maron, he actually driveled this out:
“The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination” exists in institutions and casts “a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on.” He’s made numerous other statements in this vein.
Let’s face it: that’s like having Al Sharpton for a president. Except Obama can read a teleprompter better.
The results of the president’s efforts is division of the races to a degree unseen since the 1960s. Certainly, it’s difficult to see how Blacks have benefited from any of this.
Of course, this repeated commentary from a president, particularly a Black president, is sure to generate Black resentment. And that’s clearly the intent. Indeed, that conclusion is so obvious, it’s a conundrum why there hasn’t been an outcry against this bizarre rhetoric from a president.
Maybe there would be, if people were more aware that turning one group against another is a common tactic preceding Communist takeovers. Bumper-sticker slogans like these are obvious agitprop: “the System is rigged against you, if you’re Black”; “Racism is in the DNA of whites.” “Cops are out to kill you.”
That’s the sum total of what Obama has done to help Blacks. Now for what he’s done to harm them.
Shriveling Black Finances
Black households have fared poorly, under The One: their income between June, 2009 and June, 2014 dropped by 7.7% compared with 2.6%, for white households. And Black net worth has declined 20% during Obama’s tenure.
Obama’s Mission of Giving Black Americans’ Jobs to Illegals
The Obama Administration has made it his central domestic mission to legalize the presence of unlawful aliens—including the right to work—and to give out work permits to those not entitled to have them. Let’s boldface the totals of stolen jobs, in each category. Add them together, to see the magnitude of what he’s done.
In 2012, he unconstitutionally deferred deportation of 1.5 million illegal aliens, who had been brought here as children before June 15, 2007 (DACA), and gave them the right to work. They had to be younger than 31, on June 15, 2012.—Pew Research
In December of 2014, he legalized some 3.5 million more illegals under DAPA, and also expanded DACA: now they could have been brought here before 2010, with no limit on present age. That added 300,000 eligibles to DACA.—Pew [Note: the changes in this paragraph are on hold, under temporary injunction issued by a federal court on February 16th, pursuant to a lawsuit brought by 26 states.]
That’s a total of 1.5 million people Black Americans must compete with for jobs, so far. If the lawsuit ultimately fails, add in 3.8 million.
But there’s more.
Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies reported that the Obama administration gave out millions of work permits to illegal aliens and other aliens not legally entitled to have them, between 2009 and 2014.
“About 1.4 million … had a visa status for which employment is generally prohibited under the law….” These included 547,522 to tourists; 592,730 to foreign students and almost 20,000 to their dependents.
2,243,721 permits were given to “illegal, unqualified or ineligible aliens unqualiﬁed for admission.”
“Inexplicably,” says Ms. Vaughan, “2,860 work permits were issued to aliens who were denied asylum, were suspected of using fraudulent documents, were stowaways, or were refused at a port of entry.”
“A huge number of work permits, 1.9 million, were issued to aliens whose status was unknown, not recorded by the adjudicator, or not disclosed by USCIS.
That comes to 3,643,721 illegal work permits given out, and maybe 1.9 million more, whose status was unknown or undisclosed.
So, since the very beginning of his term as president, Obama had an agenda to give out an enormous number of work permits to anyone who could walk, creep or stumble across the border. What could possibly be the motive? Did he feel sorry for tourists and foreign students, and so allowed them to work, while they were here? Or was it to hurt our most vulnerable citizens: unskilled workers, who are predominately black?
Ms. Vaughan commented, “This practice represents an abuse of executive authority that inevitably reduces job opportunities for Americans.” Surely it does. But we haven’t touched on the millions who work without permits; they’re allowed to stay, under Obama’s ever-diminishing enforcement policies. (See Sen. Sessions’s “Timeline: How the Obama Administration Bypassed Congress to Dismantle Immigration Enforcement.”)
How many jobs do these illegals steal from Americans? Depending on whether you accept Pew Research or the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIRus.org), it is either 8.1 million jobs, or 8.5 million jobs. This is based upon an estimate of 11.2 million or 11.9 million illegals present in this country—both of which may be greatly underestimated.
Deranged Local Immigration Policy
Here’s an illustration of Democrats’ abnormal psychology and how their illegal immigration policies devastate Black Americans on the local level. Baltimore’s Democratic Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake signed an executive order in 2012 prohibiting all city employees from asking residents about their immigration status. She even set up Spanish-language classes for illegal immigrants, at city expense.
Her reason can only be called “demented, with a purpose”: she wanted to increase the city’s population. Baltimore’s population had been plummeting for decades, which doesn’t say much for Democratic governance. Census takers—for some screwball reason—do not ask the immigration status of those they count. So, by increasing its population, a state can increase its share of some $400 billion in federal grants to the states.
It can also increase its number of representatives in the House and electors in the Electoral College: Census data is used to reapportion both, after every census.
This was a process well underway, even before Baltimore’s mayor made it a sanctuary city. During the years from 2007–2012 the national illegal immigration population dropped, due to the recession. But in Maryland, it increased: “The estimated number of unauthorized immigrants grew to 250,000 in 2012, compared with 220,000 in 2007,” declared Pew Research.
This can be attributed to Maryland being a very illegal alien–friendly state, issuing them driver’s licenses without requiring proof they’re in the country legally, and giving in-state tuition to illegals.
That’s a cunning way to bring in money to the state, while increasing its representation. But there’s a price. FAIR estimates that illegal immigrants cost Maryland “$1.9 billion in taxes because of the presence of an estimated 295,000 illegal aliens.” In-state tuition for illegal aliens adds another $28 million.
FAIR notes that: “Illegal aliens pay relatively little in taxes, mainly because of their low earnings. We estimate that the state receives approximately $119 million in tax collections from illegal aliens — only a fraction of the cost of illegal immigration borne by the taxpayers.”
But the highest price is paid by Baltimore’s Black citizens: CNN reports that “For young Black men between the ages of 20 and 24, the unemployment rate was an astounding 37% in 2013.
Pew also noted that “Unauthorized immigrants make up 5.1% of the U.S. labor force. In the U.S. labor force, there were 8.1 million unauthorized immigrants either working or looking for work in 2012.
In a more recent report, Pew says that 87% of illegals working are employed in unskilled occupations: service, construction, production, installation and repair, transportation—the very type of jobs Black Americans would be seeking.
FAIR estimates that, of the 8.5 million jobs taken by illegals nationally, Maryland’s share is 211,335. [FAIR uses a different national estimate from Pew.]
Baltimore is only one sanctuary city; there are 340 in all.
It’s difficult for any rational person to comprehend why the Democratic Party would be so supportive of illegal immigration, when it depends heavily upon getting the Black vote. Democrats could at least keep illegals from working and thereby earn the Black vote honestly. But they prefer to get their votes by fostering division, and the lawless immigration policy that costs the Nation $113 billion a year—while robbing millions of Black Americans of their right to work.
Then there’s the unquestionable damage done to America by the millions who can never be assimilated. NumbersUSA estimates Obama’s latest amnesty of 4 million will “draw $2 trillion over their lifetimes in taxpayer-funded government services.”
The first Democratic debate left no doubt that their party is Socialist and is out to overthrow capitalism. In that context all of this madness is not madness: it’s part of a mission.
Part of that mission is the war on American Blacks; it is calculated to make Black Americans, already inflamed from the agitprop of racism and abuse from police, financially desperate as well. Since Dems don’t have an abused peasantry to agitate —as Russia’s Bolsheviks had in 1917—why not create one?
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.