Selma and Illegal Immigration

There is much that could be said about Selma and about today’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the march, but for the moment I want to focus on the purported connection between the civil rights movement and illegal immigration. Amnesty advocates have tried to piggy-back on the Selma anniversary, an effort that was supported yesterday by President Obama:

Deporting illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children would violate the spirit of the civil rights movement, President Obama said ahead of his trip to Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery.

“The notion that some kid that was brought here when he was two or three years old might somehow be deported at the age of 20 or 25, even though they’ve grown up as American, that’s not who we are,” he said during an interview air Friday on Sirius XM’s “Urban View” with Joe Madison.

“That’s not true to the spirit of what the march on Selma was about.”

Actually, the current grotesque expansion of low-skill immigration, both legal and illegal, is a body blow directed at the African-American population. Donald Collins, a Democrat from Washington, D.C., gets it exactly right:

[D]oes [John] Lewis truly fail to grasp the difference between the Civil Rights Movement and the illegal immigration invasion? He seems strangely willing to ignore the very rule of law he once fought so hard for.

Not all African-Americans share this delusion. As I recently noted, Dr. Frank Morris and other African-American immigration patriots consistently point out that it is our fellow citizens of color who suffer the most from the massive invasion of illegal aliens that has resulted from the 1965 Immigration Act.

And this isn’t surprising. After all, the main supporters of illegal immigration are self-interested economic, ethnic, and religious lobbies—not patriotic citizens. …

If Democrats such as Pelosi and Lewis think that letting in endless numbers of aliens, legally and illegally, will ensure Democratic hegemony, they are sadly mistaken. They are inspiring a rebellion by an increasingly widespread and diverse group of Americans who are watching their quality of life utterly collapse.

More and more Americans are experiencing the negative consequences of mass immigration. They know wages are declining. They see unemployment rising. They are witness to the collapse of our rule of law.

John Lewis may have been right in the past, but no progressive can support transforming America from a middle class nation of under 200 million people in 1965 into the projected 500 million poverty-stricken Americans of 2050. Fighting for equality means fighting for the victims of mass immigration, including African-Americans, the unemployed, and the working class.

The fight against mass immigration isn’t in contradiction to the Civil Rights movement. It’s part of the same struggle.

I think more and more people are starting to figure this out.

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