Obama: ‘Legitimate’ for Americans to Be Worried Illegal Immigrants Will Lower Wages
Obama, who as a Senator expressed the same concerns, also said that it is “legitimate” to be concerned about whether new immigrants will suppress wages, “particularly in the low-wage sectors of the economy.”
“We have to be just as civil in addressing those questions as we expect people to be when we are talking to them,” he said.
Those like U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow have repeatedly warned Obama that massive amnesty legislation would hurt black American workers the most.
Obama said that pro-amnesty agitators “speak from the heart,” but acknowledged that it is understandable for Americans to “feel resentful” if they believe illegal immigrants “are getting something for nothing.” Obama tried to argue that his executive action, though, was not “amnesty” and urged pro-amnesty advocates to frame his executive amnesty as something that is holding illegal immigrants “accountable” by making them pay back taxes and fines.