Why Black Leaders Must Realize That Urban Violence Stems Partly From Bad Immigration Policies

Donald A. Collins | 3 May 2015
Progressives for Immigration Reform

Chaos and violence erupted on the streets of Baltimore on April 27, 2015 as protesters clashed with police. (Image: Loavesofbread / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0)

Recently, Progressives for Immigration Reform republished my op-ed asking Congressman John Lewis, African American Civil Rights hero, to rethink his position on calling for Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform.

Now with the emergence of riots in Baltimore over the Baltimore Police Department’s handling of Freddie Gray, Americans should focus on the urgency of getting our immigration laws right by ensuring jobs for its poorest citizens, rather than enacting policies that bleed jobs to alien workers from all over the world as the Senate Gang of Eight recently advocated for.

I thought statements made by President Obama while with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe were incisive and eloquent. No surprise, as President Obama is one of the most eloquent speakers ever to serve in that office.

Of course commentaries seeking to address the root cause of the violence seen in Baltimore and many other cities cover the full gamut of the blame game, including this whimpering piece from conventional open border types like Moveon, which does nothing more than fan the flames.

Good Grief, Charlie Brown, these people certainly missed the points raised in my pervious op-ed, which I will express in a moment. My question is, what are they offering by way of real solutions? There is plenty of blame to go around, much of which Obama articulated so well in his remarks of April 28th.

During a recent news conference addressing the riots in Baltimore, President Obama criticized the violence and said protesters should be “treated as criminals” and called for the country to pay some attention to those demonstrating peacefully.

President Obama made an impassioned call for Americans to do some “soul searching” in the wake of this week’s rioting in Baltimore, arguing the U.S. has faced “a slow-rolling crisis” over race and economic opportunity in urban areas.

Having watched the evolution of this crisis build for decades, I hasten to say that blaming any one person, group, or action is completely unjustified as so many were guilty of greed, racism, and feckless unwillingness to organize against the unmeasured lawlessness which allowed our human numbers to grow from roughly half the preset number in 1950 to 325 million today with the likelihood of doubling or tripling by the end of this century.

Yes, we need to do better with our schools for poorer Americans, but as for finding ways to employ the massive numbers here now, I am far from optimistic.

But damn few of us are speaking these truths.

The ultimate irony of course is that President Obama’s immigration policies of Executive Amnesty and his administration’s abject failure to enforce existing immigration laws, has only exacerbated the problem.

We real immigration reformers have begged for bi-partisan action on this issue which is highly unlikely since both parties are too frightened to do their duty.

Now we can see how important the rule of law is when the law cannot be enforced. A major league baseball game with no one in the stands seems sadly symbolic of that ultimate failure of law.

So, we are where we are, way over committed financially in every possible way and stuck with a weakened hand which decades of open borders and ethnic and religious advocacy and cheap labor greed have brought us.

Yet, “soul searching” apparently does not allow the mainstream media to call out the fact that unbridled immigration has been and will continue to be a major driver of the crisis, the failure to adopt and enforce an immigration policy based on our ability to absorb, employ and acclimatize those immigrants, legal and illegal, who come here.

Watch the coverage about Baltimore and the subsequent stories about this issue from all over the country. I bet my view of the cause will fail to be expressed in the mainstream media at all.

And just to remind you, folks, once you fail to identify the cause, the chance to stem the effect will be very elusive indeed.

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

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