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Rev. Jesse Jackson on Immigration

Civil Rights Activist


Blacks & Mexicans are weapons in immigrant job war

When President Fox said about Mexicans taking jobs that not even blacks want, that was divisive and insensitive and damaging. But President Bush, using another language, said immigrants take jobs other Americans donít want. He said the same thing. As insulting as the statement was, neither Bush nor Secretary Rice called Fox to defend the honor of African American citizens, and thatís their duty. So in this battle, turning poor against poor, black against brown is not the way to our future.
Source: 2005 Take Back America Conference , Jun 3, 2005

Supports bilingual ed.; opposed Reaganís immigration reform

[In the 1988 campaign], in moving from group identification to political awareness, Jacksonís position on the issues most relevant to each group was seen as crucial. A campaign letter from Latinos for Jackson emphasized his opposition to the Simpson-Rodino immigration bill and his support for bilingual education. The letter highlighted his active participation in the Watsonville canning strike, the Phelps Doge strike, and the Campbellís soup boycott. His visits with the leaders of Nicaragua, Mexico, and Cuba as well as the barrios of East Los Angeles were mentioned.

The only issue on which Dukakis and Jackson clearly split was the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, which Jackson opposed and Dukakis supported.

Source: The Search for Common Ground, by Charles Henry, p.124 , Jul 2, 1991

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