African American leaders have long called for tougher immigration laws

By: JAMES WILLIAMS

Published: City & State PA, MAR 2, 2017

Frederick Douglass was just one of many African American leaders over the past 140 years to argue that lax immigration has harmed the employment opportunities of African Americans.

Taking a hard stance on illegal immigration will increase employment opportunities for unemployed African American workers. In 2014, the US Census Department and the Department of Labor reported that there were 8 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. working or looking for work, making up 5 percent of the civilian labor force. At the same time, there were over 31 million African Americans legally able to gain employment, more than 4 million of them unemployed – a 13 percent unemployment rate. Many of these people live in Philadelphia.

Black leaders such as W.E.B Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Marcus Garvey and Booker T. Washington all spoke out against immigration during their time. They saw the effects it had on the African American worker, both in cities and in rural America. Jobs that were held by African Americans were being taken by European and Chinese immigrants, which created an unemployment cataclysm for Black Americans already facing intense racial and economic discrimination at the time.

During the second Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s and early 1900s, Black Americans fought back against pro-immigration legislation. In 1879, Frederick Douglass explained the negative role of Chinese immigration on the African American worker: “They would rather have laborers who would work for nothing; but as they cannot get the negro on these terms, they want Chinamen…The loss of the negro is to gain them the Chinese, and if the thing works well, abolition, in their opinion, will have proved itself to be another blessing in disguise.”

Black leaders openly spoke out against European, Mexican and Chinese immigration. In 1895, Booker T. Washington, in one of his most famous speeches, discussed the issue of immigrant workers taking jobs from African Americans. Washington’s “Atlanta Compromise Address” of 1895 targeted industrialists who were employing immigrant labor instead of American-born Blacks: “To those of you who look to the incoming of those of foreign birth….cast down your bucket where you are… we shall stand by you with a devotion that no foreigner can approach, ready to interlace our industrial, commercial, civil and religious life with yours.”

In 1928, the soon-to-be business manager of the NAACP, George Schuyler, stated the obvious on Mexican immigration: “If the million Mexicans who have entered the country have not displaced Negro workers, whom have they displaced?”

More recently, African American Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who chaired the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform in the 1990s, took a stance for stiffer immigration policies that seems conservative by current standards: “The credibility of immigration policy can be measured by a simple yardstick: people who should get in, do get in; people who should not get in are kept out; and people who are judged deportable are required to leave.”

And in March of 2016, Peter N. Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, explained in a US Senate hearing that illegal immigration has a “disproportionately negative effect on the wages and employment levels of blacks, particularly black males.” Progressives who claim to represent the interests of Black workers should take note: these have been the positions of our African American leaders for centuries. We have been engaged in a national debate on illegal immigration for years now. There is nothing that has been more harmful to the African American worker. Isn’t it about time for the effects of illegal immigration on the African American Worker to become part of the discussion? Isn’t it time for our elected African American lawmakers to stand up for their constituents?

James Williams is the Republican Ward Leader in the 50th, as well as the campaign manager for Republican DA candidate Beth Grossman.

Temple Town Republican Wards Endorsement

Philadelphia– James Williams, Republican candidate for City Council At-Large, has received the endorsements from the Temple University Republican Wards for the Republican Primary Election which will be held on May 19, 2015. The Republican Temple University Wards Committees from the following have endorsed James’ candidacy: 20th Republican Ward and, 32nd Republican Ward both located in North Philadelphia.

“It gives me great pleasure to inform you, that you have received the endorsement of the 32nd Republican Ward. You bring a fresh set of ideas and perspective to a council in need of both. The citizens of Philadelphia are desperate for leadership; we believe you will be able to provide that leadership. We wish you the best of Luck in your endeavors.”–Dennis Hunter, Republican Ward Leader of the 32th Ward

African – Caribbean & African – Caribbean Latin American Decent” (ACACLA) – PAC Endorsement

Philadelphia, Pa– James Williams receives endorsements from the “African – Caribbean & African – Caribbean Latin American Decent” (ACACLA) – PAC. James Williams, Republican candidate for City Council At-Large, has received the endorsement from (ACACLA) – PAC. The (ACACLA) is a non-partisan group that consists of Leaders from Panania, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, Cameron, Liberia, Serra-Leone, Ghana, St. Kitt, Kenya, South-African and Guinea and many other African – Caribbean and Faith Communities for the Republican Primary Election which will be held on May 19, 2015.

On Saturday May 2nd 2015 the (ACACLA) – PAC will be presenting a Primary Reception Banquet at the Calabash Banquet and Restaurant 6208 Lancaster Philadelphia, Pa. 19151, 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

As part of his campaign, James has been focusing on education reform, revitalizing the Philadelphia’s manufacturing sector, and increasing the police presence in some of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods:

For more information visit: www.jameswilliamsforcitycouncil.com.

Kingsessing Library Candidates Forum

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For Immediate Release:

April 19th, 2015

For Contact: Mr. Tracy C. McNair, MA (215)-469-1618

Email: vote4jameswilliams@gmail.com

Meet and greet candidate James Williams Jr. for City Council at Large at the following candidate events.

Monday April 20th, 2015 at 6:00 pm “Kingsessing Library Candidates Forum” 1201 S 51st St, Philadelphia, PA 19143

As part of his campaign, James has been focusing on education reform, revitalizing the Philadelphia manufacturing sectors, and increasing the police presence in some of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods:

“Our police force has been reduced by over 500 officers in the last decade. I don’t see how a reduction in the size of our police force is an effective way to fight crime. We know the neighborhoods where the majority of our violent crimes take place; therefore, we just need to double down on funding enforcement in these neighborhoods.”- James Williams

North Philadelphia Republican Wards Endorsements

James Williams for City Council At-Large receives endorsements from North Philadelphia Republican Wards

Philadelphia- James Williams, Republican candidate for City Council At-Large, has received the endorsement from several North Philadelphia Republican Wards for the Republican Primary Election which will be held on May 19, 2015. The Republican Ward Committees from the following Wards have all endorsed James’ candidacy:

17th Ward- Ogontz
10th Ward- West Oak Lane
16th Ward- Allegheny
13th Ward- Nicetown

On Feb. 23rd, 2015, James received the endorsements of the 47th and 29th Wards, both located in North Philadelphia.

“We sincerely believe that James Williams will bring positive change to our government and will represent the people of Philadelphia honorably.”Kevin Strickland, Republican Ward Leader of the 10th Ward

“His energy and vision will make an important contribution to our community.”Bruce Marshall, Republican Ward Leader of the 13th Ward

“I believe that James has the right vision for Philadelphia. And he understands the needs of the constituents in North and Northwest Philly.”Frances Harris, Republican Ward Leader of the 17th Ward

“His platform on Crime, Taxes, Job Growth, and Education Reform will make Philadelphia a better place to work and live.”Daphne Goggins, Republican Ward Leader of the 16th Ward

As part of his campaign, James has been focusing on education reform, revitalizing the North Philadelphia manufacturing sector, and increasing the police presence in some of Philadelphia’s worst neighborhoods:
“Our police force has been reduced by over 500 officers in the last decade. I don’t see how a reduction in the size of our police force is an effective way to fight crime. We know the neighborhoods where the majority of our violent crimes take place; therefore, we just need to double down on funding enforcement in these neighborhoods.”- James Williams