Thursday, July 7

Effects of Hispanic Immigration on Low-Income African-Americans

I had never considered the effects of Hispanic immigration on the low-income African-American community. This is an interesting article that got me thinking about it. I am not sure where I stand, or what to think about it.
The issue of Hispanic immigrants taking up certain jobs is sensitive, because in some industries such as construction or hotels and restaurants, it is so damaging to Blacks that one remembers the old sign, 'no blacks need apply.' Indeed, labor statistics show that in the five years between 1985 and 1990, the deepest drop in the type of Black employment was in the construction and mechanical workers (9 percent-6 percent), while between 1990 and 2000, the deepest drop was in Black service workers (23-20 percent.).