African Americans to Democratic Party: We’re still here

By JASMYNE A. CANNICK / Contributing writer

As an African-American Democrat, I share the core values of my political party. Like me, most African-American Democrats do not want to see the mass deportation of undocumented citizens and families broken up. That said, we would be completely within our right to give the side eye to political leaders who are falling over themselves to get on the “sanctuary state” PR bandwagon.

When thousands of blacks left Los Angeles County as a part of the black flight into San Bernardino County and other places in search of more affordable housing and better schools for their children, there was no campaign urging us to stay.

When the number of blacks in California dipped below 10 percent, there were no emergency meetings to confer on how cities could better meet the needs of their black residents and provide sanctuary.

Most African Americans abhor President Trump and the Republican Party but privately agree with Trump’s assertion that “illegal immigration” has harmed the black community economically. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that at the end of 2016, 7.8 percent of African Americans were unemployed, compared to 5.9 percent of Hispanics, 4.3 percent of whites and 2.6 percent of Asians.

With blacks making up a disproportionate number of low-skilled workers, they find themselves more likely than any other group to be competing with undocumented workers for work in the…

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