Washington, DC – A new Harvard-Harris poll shows that 85 percent of black Americans want a reduction in immigration levels to 1 million or lower and the reason may surprise you. According to the poll, when given a choice of five answers, to choose from, including “increased competition for jobs,” “failure to assimilate” and “access to social welfare programs,” over 66 percent of blacks selected “access to social welfare programs.” That blacks are overwhelmingly reliant on social welfare programs and the fear that new immigrants may challenge them for these limited resources is one possible reason for blacks resistance to immigration. However, statistically, the duration that new immigrants rely on any form of social assistance or welfare is far shorter than on average for blacks. Whereas most new arrivals are off any form of social welfare program – with many new arrivals never ever using any social welfare but instead relying on their own communities – within six months to a year of arriving in the U.S., blacks, who were born and bred in the U.S. on average remain on welfare from a quarter to a third of their lives – or 25 years to 35 years. Also interesting, more Americans favored zero immigration, than wanted to increase immigration levels.
In 2017 over 1.4 million legal immigrants arrived in America, while the number of illegals is unknown, but an official from Customs and Border Protection Unit puts the number at 2 million to 5 million, citing that the reason for the large variation is that not all illegals stay in the U.S. but constantly shuttle illegally back and forth between the U.S. and Mexico.
Unlike what was commonly believed, blacks and not whites are the racial group most opposed to immigration. The Washington Free Beacon summarizes the report’s findings,
The plurality of respondents, 35 percent, think that there should be between 1 and 250,000 legal immigrants arriving to the United States per year. A net 12 percent want to see immigration increased to 1.5 million people per year or more, while nine percent of Americans think that there should be no new legal immigrants.
Plurality preference for between 1 and 250,000 new immigrants a year persists across white, Hispanic, and black Americans, as well as moderates and self-identified Democrats.
Americans prefer a system of prioritizing would-be legal immigrants based on their ability to contribute, based on their education and skills, over one based on immigrants having relatives in the United States, 79 to 21 percent. That includes a majority of white (79 percent), Hispanic (72 percent), and black (85 percent) citizens, as well as majorities of Democrats (72 percent), liberals (65 percent), and Clinton voters (72 percent).
The poll clearly shows that the majority of Americans are against mass immigration, and that support for this crosses racial and ideological lines, but that blacks in particular are most fearful of immigration. Ever since the civil rights movement, blacks have had a privileged status in the United States, with diversity hiring policies at some of the largest American companies favoring blacks over other more qualified immigrants. According to a recruiting manager at a top silicon valley software company who spoke on condition of anonymity, citing company policies,
“Blacks are often employed in ‘made-up roles’ that have no significant bearing on the company’s core product or services. They’re given fancy-sounding titles like ‘fusion manager’ or ‘creation coordinator,’ but with no real responsibilities.”
“But it allows us to trumpet our diverse hiring practices and plaster their black faces on all our corporate paraphernalia.”
The findings by the Harvard-Harris poll are also consistent with other polling done on the topic of immigration. In a poll done by Pulse Opinion Research, black voters in “swing states” favored comprehensive immigration reform by a 3 to 1 margin. Blacks often fight with new immigrants for many of the lowest level jobs and understandably would be far more against immigration than whites. The majority of blacks work at service-level and entry-level jobs, the very jobs which immigrants vie for and more often than not excel far better at. One manager at a major fast food chain who spoke on condition of anonymity had this to say,
“Between an immigrant and a black, of course I’d rather hire the immigrant. They’re better workers. They don’t come in late, they work harder, don’t complain, follow instructions better and they don’t call in sick all the time.”
Black Americans oppose immigration because they are the racial group most likely to be harmed by mass immigration.
The vast majority of immigrants coming to America are admitted for non-economic reasons – in other words, the U.S government admits these immigrants not because of what they can contribute to the U.S. economy or labor force. 44 percent of all immigrants are “immediate relatives of U.S. citizens” and a further 20 percent are “family-sponsored preferences.” Only 14 percent of immigrants are given admission to the U.S. for purely economic reasons. In other words, fully 66 percent of immigrants who come to the U.S. do not possess any special economic skills which are either in demand by U.S. companies or under served.
The majority of these immigrants, therefore, lack economic skills, and therefore end up working in relatively low-skilled occupations. Likewise, they are a net drain on America’s welfare apparatus. This puts pressure on black American families, who are more likely than white to work in low-skilled occupations. Therefore, they are the ones who bear the brunt of immigrant labor competition. The government services that many black families rely on also are spread more thinly.
A recent, and extremely comprehensive study produced by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine looked at the impact of mass immigration on America’s economy and found that immigration has negatively impacted wages and employment opportunities for America’s poorest citizens – blacks. Furthermore, the study also found although immigration has historically provided a minor net economic benefit to the U.S., almost 100 percent of the benefit of the economic growth accrued to the immigrants themselves and not to all Americans at large. While this would have a limited impact on whites, it would have a huge negative impact on the economic livelihoods of blacks – so it’s no surprise that blacks are against immigration – it threatens their privileged position in the U.S. more so than any other racial group.