Black Alliance Immigration Rally Draws Thousands to Washington to Protest Amnesty

Jul 16, 2013, 14:42 ET from Black American Leadership Alliance

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the Black American Leadership Alliance (BALA) hosted a march and rally called the DC March for Jobs in Washington, DC.  The purpose of the march was to show opposition to the recently passed Senate immigration bill, and to urge Congress and the Congressional Black Caucus to protect American labor by opposing amnesty as prescribed under the bill.  The day's event included speakers such as; U.S. Senators Ted Cruz and Jeff Sessions, former Congressman Colonel Allen West, Congressman Steve King and Congressman Mo Brooks. More than 3,000 participants from around the nation gathered at Freedom Plaza and marched to Upper Senate Park.  

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights reports that illegal immigration has kept wages and employment down over recent decades, particularly among black men.  According to Frank Morris, rally participant and former Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, "now is not the time for Congress to increase competition for scarce jobs by adding millions more workers through legalization.  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."

More information about this event can be found by visiting the DC March for Jobs website:

SOURCE Black American Leadership Alliance