OPINION — White Voices
Lost in the liberal claptrap that shouts Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is a racist because he wants to create a much-needed deportation force is the potentially huge economic benefits and employment opportunities it would ignite, particularly for the sky-high black unemployment rate.
And Obama should lead the country—for once—to embrace and take the first steps, plants the first seeds of the deportation force before Mr. Trump is elected, if he really believes black lives matter.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data released last month, the unemployment rate for American blacks is nearly twice the national average and more than double the unemployment rate for whites.
The statistics echoes the seemingly nonstop acceleration in black unemployment since President George W. Bush left office. No doubt, this alarming pattern can be directly linked to the anti-business, anti-growth policies of the Obama administration.
And this summer in an interview on CBS Face the Nation Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cited data from, of all places, the far-left leaning Economic Policy Institute that showed the unemployment rate for young black adults was over 51%.
No nation can prosper with so many of its people out of work, especially when they are minorities.
The American Action Forum, an esteemed conservative Christian think tank, recently released an analysis that estimated deporting the current 12 million illegal immigrants would create economic activity upward of $400 to $600 billion over 20 years, which would include “money spent to apprehend, detain, legally process, and transport the immigrants out of the country.”
It’s a no-brainer then that creation of a deportation force would stimulate and provide tremendous benefits to the economy.
And because it’s a matter of national security, those benefits should mainly go toward stabilizing the debilitating black unemployment rate now and for the foreseeable future by rebuilding the black middle class, which has suffered for nearly seven years at the hands of Obama’s depressive economic policies.
The American Action Forum also estimated than an annual federal budget of around $200 billion and five times the current number of Border Patrol agents (21,000) would be required to maintain a deportation force that would keep illegal aliens out of the country.
Any project that would create 100,000 jobs and $200 to $400 billion of economic stimulus is a shovel-ready project. And one that Obama would be foolish to ignore, that is, if he is serious about reducing the highest black unemployment rates seen since the first few years after the slaves were freed.
Indeed, Obama should begin now to take necessary actions to jump-start the economic engines that creating the deportation force will unleash. Immediately he should create a new cabinet-level agency that would manage the deportation force.
This new agency should be called the Department of The Interior, which would require renaming the current Department of the Interior.
Federal governments of most countries have some form of either a Ministry of the Interior or a Department of the Interior, a police force responsible for security within a country’s border. The current Department of the Interior should be renamed to more appropriately reflect its mission—perhaps the Department of Forests, Mountains, and Rivers or the Department of Earth, Wind, and Fire.
There will be many short-term and long-term economic and social improvements the new Department of The Interior and its deportation force would promote.
Secure The Black Middle Class/High-Paying Jobs
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency personnel data, entry-level Border Patrol agents earn between $36,000 and $46,000 in their first year, with the potential of earning up to $70,000 per year within three years of service.
Creating over 100,000 permanent long-term job would lead to a long-standing, vibrant, stable black middle class.
Less Government Spending/More Tax Cuts
The tremendous number of job created would result in reductions in state welfare rolls and Social Security disability claims, hence smaller state budgets. The states could then enact tax cuts to return the savings to hard-working taxpayers.
Encourage Black Entrepreneurship
The collateral small business opportunities that will be created around maintaining a deportation force will lead to widespread opportunities for creative black entrepreneurs, who have suffered the most under the give-away-freebies policies of the Obama economy.
An Economic Stimulus That Shouldn’t Be Missed
The employment opportunities associated with the deportation force would greatly decrease the abhorrent black-on-black criminality plaguing major American cities like Chicago, Ferguson, and Baltimore—and hopefully black-on-white crime, too.
Obama should rally pro-black groups, particularly violent extremists like #BlackLivesMatter revolutionaries, to support creation of a deportation force because at the end of the day black lives matter when they have jobs.
In addition, having a predominantly black deportation force to deport Latinos, Africans, Caribbean folks, Haitians, etc., would implode the argument that Mr. Trump is a racist and it’s a racist policy.
Jim White is the Reverend Jerry L. Falwell Distinguished Chair in Socio-Religion Pathology at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.