If you are in this country illegally, you are in the ideal position to actually benefit from President Barack Obama's promise of "change you can believe in," more commonly known these days as S. 744, the Senate amnesty bill that would give work permits to 11 million illegal aliens.
But if you are black and among the 20 million Americans who can't find full-time work, you have to be wondering what Mr. Obama was talking about Aug. 28 when he told thousands gathered around the Lincoln Memorial to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech that we should welcome “the immigrant dishwasher … [and] recognize the striving spirit of the new immigrant . . .”
This shortly after he told the crowd that blacks have made little economic progress since 1963.
With Oprah Winfrey, President Clinton and other dignitaries looking on and smiling their approval, Mr. Obama lamented the stagnant wages and lack of upward mobility now complicating our citizens' search for a better life. The president spared the crowd from hearing about the decades-long policy of mass immigration and seven amnesties since 1986 that have played a mighty role in putting millions of Americans at an economic disadvantage in the first place.
What the crowd also didn't hear is that Obama's proposed blanket amnesty would affect far more than dishwashers, that is, it would include the 7 million illegal aliens now drawing regular paychecks from their jobs in the construction, manufacturing, transportation and service industries, the majority of which, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, are already being done by Americans.
Obama and his ilk are able to get away saying what they do on such occasions because they go unchallenged by the illegal alien-friendly media and those who laughingly refer to themselves as black leaders, especially Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. The best Jackson could offer during this historic event is that blacks are "freer, but not yet equal," while Sharpton droned on about the need to keep up the good fight against Jim Crow.
Obama's statement that although the road will be long and hard, the most vulnerable of our wage earners can expect better days ahead is so typical of those politicians who create or perpetuate a problem and then tell us they want to "fix it once and for all."
If, as the president said, only we can muster the will to "stand together for good jobs and just wages." You know, that sort of thing.