Coalition of Black Groups to March on Washington Against Amnesty


On Monday, July 15th the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) will host a march and rally on the National Mall called the DC March for Jobs.  The purpose of the march is to oppose all forms of amnesty, to protect American jobs for American workers. The BALA and participants will march to the steps of the Capitol to petition Congress, the Gang of Eight and the Congressional Black Caucus, demanding that they protect black labor by opposing amnesty and halting efforts to double legal immigration levels, as required under the bill.

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights recently reported that illegal immigration has kept wages and employment down over recent decades, particularly among black men. With unemployment for blacks at nearly double the national rate (13.7%), the number of African Americans living in poverty and without jobs is sure to soar should the bill be passed.

“Now is not the time for Congress to increase competition for scarce jobs by adding millions more workers through legalization,” said Frank Morris, Alliance leader, and former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.  “Increasing immigration levels through amnesty and new visa programs, particularly at the low skilled level, will flood the labor market with millions more people, leading to higher unemployment, more poverty, and a lower standard of living for many in the black community.”

Alliance Leaders Urge Members of Congress to:

  • Recognize the harmful consequences that S. 744 would have on low skilled workers, particularly those in the black community;
  • Uphold their obligation to protect black constituents by acknowledging the damaging impact mass immigration has on low-skilled workers.

Members of the Coalition include:

Frank Morris, Former Executive Director, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, President and Founder of BOND (The Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny); Bishop Felton Smith, Prelate of the Tennessee Eastern First Jurisdiction and Senior Pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church of God in Christ in Nashville, TN; Charles Butler, Veteran Chicago area Talk Show Host of The Take with Charles Butler; Leah V. Durant, Former US DOJ Immigration Attorney and Executive Director, Progressives for Immigration Reform; T. W. Fair, President and CEO, Urban League of Greater Miami; Vernon Robinson, Former Council Member, Winston-Salem, NC and former candidate for US Congressional Office;Kevin Jackson, Radio Host and Executive Director, The Black Sphere; Leo Alexander, Broadcaster, Writer and Political Commentator, Washington, DC;  Kevin Martin, Author, Writer and Political Commentator; Tom Broadwater, National Chair, Americans4Work.

  • Paul Carter

    I’m a Black man, life-long liberal, and former Democratic Party member and voter. I’m a former Democrat because starting with former President Clinton the party chose to abandon the American worker. I know enough economics to know that foreign workers whether their jobs are oversee or here at home absolutely will reduce jobs and income if they work to produce products and service consumed in the US.

    Winston Churchill once said, “Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. That I’m afraid accurately describes the Black community. It seems that no matter how bad Democratic party politicians treat the Black community, we continue to support them at astronomical rates.

    The Democratic party has done absolutely nothing for the Black community since President Johnson yet Black voters in election after election give 90+ percent of their votes to Democratic Party Candidate. Black politicians from President Obama to the Congressional Black Caucus to those at state and local levels support anti Black community policies that even a 5th grader would know hurt Blacks.

    Each election Black voters swallow the toxic cool-aid that all Republicans are worse than any Democrat, and that staying at home is throwing their vote away. The consequences of this self delusion is that things get worse and worse after each election. I ask you what is the value of a vote casted for a politician who once elected votes to implement laws and policies that hurt the Black community? Ask yourselves why would a politician even consider the interests of the Black community when it will reliably vote for them no matter the politician does?

    If the Black American Leadership Alliance wants to influence policy towards the Black community, it must convince the Black Community voters to put their vote in play. The plain fact of the matter right now Democratic and Black politicians take the Black vote for granite, and Republicans ignore the Black vote because they know that no matter what they do, Black voters will vote Democratic. march on Washington will be ineffective. A march on Washington is a 1960s strategy that will not work today. A politician’s first and usually only priority is to stay in office. To stay in office, a politician needs lots of money and votes. Money translates into votes. Organizations that can deliver votes will have as much influence as those who can deliver money.

  • white citizen

    Well I will be there. Bringing 2 sons with me. I know amnesty for illegals is not good for any citizen. I am taking off work for this.

  • Truth serium

    Too little too late..the train has left the station and Black folks have been left behind. the unemployment for African Americans will reach an all time high of 39% in the up coming years. They got screwed. Plain and simple.