Right-wing ad pits African Americans against immigrants



Right-wing ad pits African Americans against immigrantsThe anti-immigration group NumbersUSA, an immigration reduction organization that seeks to reduce US immigration levels to pre-1965 levels, has released a new racist ad that tries to pit African Americans against immigrants.

The ad features an African American male with his family explaing that he needs a job and wondering why

The anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA, which seeks to limit legal immigration, has put out a new, racist ad that tries to pit African Americans against immigrants. It features an African American man with his family explaining that he needs a job and wondering why immigrants are being allowed into the country to take jobs from African Americans.

“I’m tired of the stereotype that black Americans don’t want to work,” the man says at the beginning of the ad. “I’ve worked hard my whole life but I got laid off and I’ve got mouths to feed. I need a job.”

“What I don’t understand is why our leaders are going to admit another million immigrant workers next year to take jobs when 3 million black Americans can’t find work. Do our leaders really believe that black Americans don’t want to work? Let’s slow down mass immigration and save jobs for Americans — all Americans.”

Think Progress was quick to react to the ad in a post stating that immigration boosts the economy:

“Persistently high unemployment rates for African-Americans is a systemic problem that cannot be addressed simply by reducing the number of immigrants … The lies and distortions do not change the fact that immigration is good for the U.S. economy, and it is contemptible to try to pit Americans against each other and against immigrants to stop it.”