Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coretta Scott King in 1991: Hold Employers Accountable for Hiring Illegal Aliens

On July 9, 1991, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King and several Black community leaders sent a letter to Senator, Orrin Hatch, expressing concerns over the “devastating impact” of immigration reform on Black America.

"… In a 1991 letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Coretta Scott King and other black community leaders argued that illegal immigration would have a devastating impact on the black community. At the time, Hatch was working his U.S. Senate position to undo some enforcement measures laid out in Ronald Reagan’s 1986 amnesty agreement, attempting to weaken interior enforcement and sanctions against employers who hired illegal aliens…."
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Excerpt from Mrs. King’s correspondence reads as follows:
"We, the undersigned members of the Black Leadership Forum, write to urge you to postpone introduction of your employer sanctions repeal legislation until we have had an opportunity to report to you what we believe to be the devastating impact the repeal would have on the economic condition of un- and semi-skilled workers—a disproportionate number of whom are African-American and Hispanic; and until we have had the opportunity to propose to you and to our Hispanic brothers and sisters, what we believe could be a number of effective means of eliminating the discrimination occasioned by employer sanctions, without losing the protection sanctions provide for U.S. workers, especially minority workers…."
It is shameful and profoundly deceptive that many of those who stood behind Mrs. King and shared her concerns about the negative effects of immigration reform on Black Americans twenty-two years are today leading the fight for immigration reform.  The NAACP and the Congressional Black Caucus are among those organizations of whom I refer.

Since the death of Mrs. King Black America has been dangling in the wind but they’re so busy kissing Obama’s Muslim ring that they can’t the forest for the trees.

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