US Civil Rights Commissioner: Amnesty means special, not equal treatment
Breitbart – Matthew Boyle – 9/1/2013
Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, told Breitbart News that Attorney General Eric Holder’s claims that amnesty for illegal immigrants is a civil rights issue “profoundly ahistorical.”
“If you take a look at the basis of the civil rights movement, it was to have blacks treated in all respects the same as whites or everybody else,” Kirsanow (pictured) said in a phone interview. “What amnesty is doing is setting aside a special class of individuals who are going to put forward and treated more favorably than others. In other words, they’ve already broken the law and are being given amnesty.
"In terms of immigration policy... it would severely affect the rights of blacks generally and all low-income Americans. What it is going to do is displace those individuals from the labor market.”
“We had a hearing before the Civil Rights Commission on the effects of illegal immigration on black employment levels, both wage levels and unemployment rates,” Kirsanow said. “What we had were a number of experts from just about every sphere you can think of: business, academia and immigration experts in general. They spanned the ideological spectrum. We had individuals from the far left, individuals in the middle, individuals on the right.
"They disagreed in some respects about certain policy prescriptions but they were unanimous in their conclusion, backed by copious amounts of data," he recalled, "THAT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAD A DELETERIOUS EFFECT ON THE WAGE AND EMPLOYMENT LEVELS OF BLACK AMERICANS. AND IT’S NOT A SMALL EFFECT. IT’S A CLEARLY SIZABLE EFFECT.”
"This is such a complex matter that they needed perspectives from so many different places. What we had was a bill that was gigantic. It was almost the size of Obamacare and yet it was released barely 36 hours before our testimony.
"In other words, we were testifying in an information vacuum on a momentous piece of legislation. Only after there was a bit of hue and cry did Senate leadership understand that they needed to open up the testimony to more witnesses.”
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