A press conference was held Wednesday morning by the African American Leadership Council in Washington D.C. to oppose the Senate Gang of Eight’s 844-page plus, immigration bill.

The Council seeks to call on the Congressional Black Caucus to protect black laborers by rejecting particular statues required under the bill, such as opposing amnesty and stopping double legal immigration levels.

Black leaders believe the Senate immigration bill will entail the large increases down the road. In recent decades, immigration has reduced wages and employment rates for low-skilled American workers, a large number whom are Black.

The African American unemployment rate is nearly twice the national average. The group alleges that the Senate’s immigration plan would continue to keep those rates high by enlarging the immigrant work force.

“The Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill is not only impractical, but immoral,” said Frank Morris, leader of the African American Leadership Council. “Increasing immigration levels through amnesty and new visa programs, particularly at the low-skilled level, will flood the labor market with millions more people, leading to higher unemployment, more poverty, and a lower standard of living for many in the Black community.”

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