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Black conservatives: Ban services to undocumented immigrants
Think tank urges end to 'strain' on lower-income
Published Sunday, June 24, 2018 6:20 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

A black conservative think tank wants undocumented immigrants banned from all public services – including education and social services.

Project 21, a free-market think tank, insists use of taxpayer-funded services for the undocumented disproportionately cost African Americans, according to its "Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America."  The manifesto is a 57-point plan for removing barriers to African American empowerment.

Undocumented immigrants strain public services and place a disproportionate burden on black communities, the blueprint contends. In education, for example, Project 21 says black students are more likely to suffer from class overcrowding to accommodate immigrants than whites, noting that in 83 of the largest 100 cities, African American and Hispanics attend majority-minority schools.

According to a 2017 report by the Center for Immigration Studies, 23 percent of students in public schools are from immigrant families, more than triple the percentage from 1980, when they represented 7 percent of enrollment.

“Millions of people being able to stay in our country illegally not only demonstrates the failure of our immigration system, but also causes a significant strain on public services – especially at the state and local level,” said Project 21 Co-Chair Horace Cooper. “Our neediest Americans, particularly blacks in urban communities, must compete for education and health programs with those who shouldn't even be here. At the same time, much of the funding for these local programs comes from regressive taxes that hit poor and working-class blacks the hardest. This means they actually pay for the privilege of having unlawful immigrants in their neighborhoods. This is unfair, and it should end."

Project 21 leaders have been meeting members of President Donald Trump’s White House staff and congressional leadership about the policy platform, which is spread over 10 subjects.

Every Monday until July 9, the think tank plans to release reform recommendations covering a specific subject: strengthening faith communities (June 25); promoting self-determination (July 2) and ending excessive regulation (July 9).

Estimates of illegal immigration’s cost vary from $43 billion to $279 billion a year at the federal, state and local level, according to a study by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Project 21's Blueprint offers four proposals to reduce subsidizing undocumented immigration, and thus give African Americans a better shot:

• Bar access to any public services, except emergency programs such as public service.

• End federal funding of any social service agency that provides non-emergency services to illegal immigrants.

• Prosecute providers and recipients who allow federally funded social services to be used by illegal immigrants.

• End state-supported programs for undocumented immigrants, and redirect that money to needy citizens.

“To the political left, illegal immigrants are the ‘new blacks,’” said Christopher Arps, a principal with Red Tail Strategies and co-founder of the Move-On-Up black social media network. “Thus, its entitlement agenda now prioritizes those who enter our country illegally over the lawful citizens whose ancestors were here and fought for this country as far back as its founding. It's appalling and a disgrace. What's equally appalling and disgraceful are so-called black leaders who push these policies of unfair wealth transfer. These giveaways to non-citizens must end.”


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