At­tor­ney Gen­eral will need guts to do his sworn duty

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - Pat Buchanan

Lec­tur­ing a con­script con­clave of Jus­tice Depart­ment bu­reau­crats, At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Holder two weeks ago called Amer­ica a “na­tion of cow­ards” for not spending more time talk­ing about race.

Read­ing his speech, how­ever, one re­calls the sage coun­sel of Pat Moyni­han to Pres­i­dent Nixon in 1970: This whole sub­ject might ben­e­fit from a long pe­riod of “be­nign ne­glect.”

One point Mr. Holder did al­lude to, without specifics, was this:

“It is not safe for this na­tion to as­sume that the un­ad­dressed so­cial prob­lems in the poor­est parts of the coun­try can be iso­lated and will not ul­ti­mately af­fect the larger so­ci­ety.”

Fair point. And what are some of those so­cial prob­lems?

A 70 per­cent il­le­git­i­macy rate in black Amer­ica, an in­car­cer­a­tion and crime rate seven times that of white Amer­ica, a 50 per­cent dropout rate in many ur­ban high schools, African-Amer­i­can grad­u­ates read­ing and com­put­ing on av­er­age at eighth-grade lev­els.

And what is the black lead­er­ship do­ing about th­ese prob­lems?

Un­like Bill Cosby, the heroic Mr. Holder was vir­tu­ally mute. Rather, he is up­set that “on Sat- ur­days and Sun­days” we don’t go to church or hang out to­gether. But why are the free as­so­ci­a­tions of Amer­i­cans, of what­ever creed or color, any of Eric Holder or Big Brother’s busi­ness?

Hav­ing in­sulted us, per­haps Mr. Holder will start do­ing his own sworn duty. For one area where he has a lead role is en­forc­ing the na­tion’s laws — in par­tic­u­lar, the U.S. im­mi­gra­tion laws. For the fed­eral fail­ure to en­force th­ese laws is a con­trib­u­tory cause of one of those “un­ad­dressed so­cial prob­lems in the poor­est parts of the coun­try.”

Case in point — ram­pant un­em­ploy­ment among mi­nor­ity youth.

Ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Im­mi­gra­tion Stud­ies, among African-Amer­i­cans 18 to 29 with only a high-school de­gree, un­em­ploy­ment is now 20 per­cent. Among black adults who do not have a high-school diploma, it is 24 per­cent. Among teenagers un­der 18, black un­em­ploy­ment is 30 per­cent.

Among na­tive-born His­pan­ics with only a high-school diploma, the un­em­ploy­ment rate is 13.6 per­cent. Among high-school dropouts, 16 per­cent. Among His­panic 16-and 17-year-olds, the job­less fig­ure is 40 per­cent.

As th­ese fig­ures were com­piled in De­cem­ber, be­fore the last two months of sweep­ing lay­offs, they surely un­der­state the sit­u­a­tion. And with both black and His­panic dropout rates now reach­ing 50 per­cent in ma­jor cities, the so­cial dy­na­mite is pil­ing up.

In Jan­uary, USA To­day re­ported that the FBI es­ti­mates there are now 1 mil­lion gang mem­bers in the United States — up 200,000 from 2005 — and th­ese gangs are re­spon­si­ble for 80 per­cent of all U.S. crimes.

From other stud­ies, young His­pan­ics are 19 times as likely as white youth to join gangs, while African-Amer­i­cans are 15 times.

Th­ese mil­lions of teenagers, and un­skilled and less-ed­u­cated young adults with no jobs and lit­tle prospect of find­ing them, are re­cruit­ing pools for crim­i­nal gangs.

Who is get­ting the jobs for which th­ese na­tive-born black and His­panic young could qual­ity? Il­le­gal aliens hold lit­er­ally mil­lions of them.

Two weeks ago, the CIS re- ported, “An es­ti­mated 6 to 7 mil­lion il­le­gal im­mi­grants are cur­rently hold­ing jobs. Prior re­search in­di­cates they are over­whelm­ingly em­ployed in lower-skilled and lower-paid jobs.” Ex­actly what sort of jobs? “Il­le­gals are pri­mar­ily em­ployed in construction, build­ing clean­ing and main­te­nance, food prepa­ra­tion, ser­vice and pro­cess­ing, trans­porta­tion and mov­ing oc­cu­pa­tions and agri­cul­ture.”

With the ex­cep­tion of agri­cul­ture, a ma­jor­ity of the work­ers in th­ese oc­cu­pa­tions are na­tive-born Amer­i­cans. Thus, il­le­gal aliens are tak­ing jobs Amer­i­cans are not only will­ing to do, but are do­ing, and tak­ing 7 mil­lion of th­ese jobs from young Amer­i­cans now out of work.

By fail­ing to en­force U.S. im­mi­gra­tion laws, the gov­ern­ment of the United States is sell­ing Amer­ica’s work­ing class down the river.

In ad­di­tion to the 7 mil­lion il­le­gals hold­ing jobs, le­gal im­mi­grants have an­other 15 mil­lion. In 2008, when Amer­i­cans lost 3.5 mil­lion jobs, 144,000 im­mi­grants were ad­mit­ted ev­ery month.

Why do we have an open-bor­ders im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy that an­nu­ally al­lows in mil­lions, le­gal and il­le­gal, to com­pete for jobs, when 10 mil­lion Amer­i­cans are out of work and half a mil­lion are los­ing their jobs ev­ery month? The po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and moral cow­ardice of our Lords Tem­po­ral, who refuse to call a time-out on im­mi­gra­tion un­til our own peo­ple go back to work, is killing the Amer­i­can dream for mil­lions.

Ac­cord­ing to the cen­sus, as re­ported in The New York Times on Satur­day, 97 per­cent of im­mi­grants from Mex­ico do not speak English at home. They are less skilled and less ed­u­cated than the av­er­age Amer­i­can.

Says demographer William Frey, “The new im­mi­gra­tion mag­nets es­pe­cially in the South­west are dis­pro­por­tion­ately at­tract­ing young Mex­i­can men who are will­ing to ac­cept low wages.”

What fur­ther proof is needed that mass im­mi­gra­tion from the Third World is tak­ing jobs from Amer­i­cans and driv­ing down their wages when they do find work?

Here is a prob­lem more se­ri­ous than whether black and white elites are get­ting to­gether on week­ends to gab­ble about race.

But, deal­ing with it, Mr. Holder, will take courage.

Pat Buchanan is a na­tion­ally syndicated colum­nist.

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