Fontana Councilwoman Applauds Arizona Crackdown

Black Voices News, News Report, Chris Levister Posted: May 04, 2010

On the heels of Arizona’s sweeping immigration law signed Friday by Republican Governor Jan Brewer, Fontana Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren, is sounding off calling the crackdown overdue. She faulted U.S. immigration policy and suggested a new study linking illegal immigration with soaring Black unemployment and violence ‘damning evidence of failure’.

Sunday Warren, who is running for an Assembly seat in the June 8 Republican primary, made the rounds at local churches.

Fontana Councilwoman Acquanetta Warren says a study linking Black unemployment and violence is ‘damning’ evidence of failed U.S. immigration policy. The Republican candidate for State Assembly applauds Arizona’s controversial crackdown.
“When I walked in saying ‘good job Arizona’, people looked at me like I was from another planet. Enough is enough. For too long we’ve ignored the elephant in the room. What about illegal don’t people understand,” said Warren. She argues a Louisiana State University study is further proof illegal immigration is out of control and must be stopped.

“Latino Employment and Black Violence: The Unintended Consequence of U.S. Policy” was published in the March 2010 issue of “Social Forces”, the field’s preeminent journal.

Authors Louisiana State University Sociology Professor Edward Shihadeh and Ph.D. Candidate Raymond Barranco found the influx of Latino workers into a city increases unemployment and violence in the African-American community.

The findings conclude the arrival of large numbers of immigrant workers in an urban area displaces Blacks from low-skill jobs. That, in turn, leads to an uptick in violence.

"This is an unintended but significant result of immigration policies," Shihadeh lead author on the project said. "This is not a blame game. We do not advocate restricting the flow of Latino migrants in either direction. Our study simply describes how immigration policy opened a new chapter in the history of the U.S. labor market and how that harmed black communities."

The study notes that Latino workers who enter the United States illegally are less likely to return home than in years past for fear they won't be able to get back across the border at a later time.

"Blacks and Latinos both feel singled out and put upon, but few will address these issues because they're politically explosive," Shihadeh said. "The public mood makes this subject a live wire.”

Sociological theory has linked Black urban decline to poverty, the loss of manufacturing jobs and racial segregation. This study introduces another factor in the dense cluster of Black disadvantage – immigration policy, which inadvertently flooded low skill markets with Latino labor, displaced Blacks and, as a result, raised rates of Black vs. Latino gang violence and murder, the study suggested. Warren predicts the job crisis in Black communities will only get worse if Democrats adopt a policy of amnesty.

“Some Blacks and others criticize me for being a Republican. I challenge them to examine the Democratic Party’s lack of job creation in urban communities despite the party’s historical grip on the Black vote.”

“I see the effects of failed immigration policy every day,” says Warren –“The look on faces of African Americans who walk into a place looking for work. It’s as if they’re invisible. They don’t see themselves behind the counter.

They no longer see themselves in construction jobs, manufacturing, hotel housekeeping or even in low skilled fast food restaurant jobs.

Once thriving and proud Black communities like south central Los Angeles where I grew up are now largely brown enclaves. Black unemployment is at shameful levels.”

Warren says employers have been allowed to dodge labor laws often by demanding bilingual over qualification. “They don’t see hiring Blacks as an asset to their bottom line.” She supports tougher laws that prohibit employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.

She said federal and state lawmakers fearful of alienating Latino voters have flip flopped or winked at illegal immigration. “It’s up to every voter in America to take a stand against lawmakers who refuse to act out of fear of losing votes. Force them to take a stand or move them along,” she said. Warren said if elected, she’s fully prepared to reach across the aisle to Democrats in order to get meaningful immigration legislation. “This is about saving America - all of us.”

When Republican Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid stalled, many blamed his advocacy for the immigration reform bill in the Senate, which included a pathway to citizenship for the illegal immigrants already here in the country.

The measure failed after a firestorm of grassroots opposition.

The issue became an important touchstone in the Republican primary, as the candidates scrambled to one-up each other in their tough talk on immigration as they sought to appeal to primary voters.

The Arizona senator called the state’s new enforcement law a “tool that needs to be used.”

Warren dismissed as delaying tactics complaints by President Obama and others who charge the Arizona crackdown will lead to chaos, racial profiling and other abuse.

“Same old reasons not to act, these critics choose to ignore Governor Brewer’s assurances that racial profiling will not be tolerated and that police and others will receive sensitivity training,” said Warren. “This law takes the handcuffs off law enforcement and turns up the heat on real immigration reform.”

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User Comments

Jsmith on May 25, 2010 at 04:41:54 said:

As a California lawmaker, of course she agrees with Arizona's law. California's is virtually the same: CAL. PEN. CODE § 834b : California Code - Section 834b is available to read at

shukura on May 20, 2010 at 14:56:41 said:

I live in San Antonio TX and watch my daughter struggle to find employment because she does not speak Spanish. They always choose a Mexican over an African American here. We joke and call this Northern Mexico because it is majority Mexican. Sure, like everywhere in the US, the land is stolen. But it sure would be nice if being Mexican wasn't the criteria for being hired. African Americans lose out because Latinos are minorities as well, therefore help diversity, the also speak Spanish AND are closer to looking white than Black people. A losing recipe for us always. Now we are behind another group...always the bottom of the pool.

Jerry on May 20, 2010 at 03:01:52 said:

Ulyses Grant
Many Northerners believed that Polk, a Southerner, was trying to gain land for the slaveholding South. Other Americans simply thought it was wrong to use war to take land from Mexico. Among those was Second Lieutenant Ulysses S. Grant .He would later call the war "one of the most unjust ever waged by a stronger against a weaker nation. It was an instance of a republic following the bad example of European monarchies, in not considering justice in their desire to acquire additional territory."

Abraham Lincoln
Congressman Lincoln and some of his fellow Whigs had a very different opinion of the president, Manifest Destiny, and the war. Lincoln believed that Polk had started the war based on a lie. On two notable occasions, Lincoln questioned Polk regarding his motives for going to war. Lincoln once took the House floor and asked Polk to prove that the Mexicans had crossed national borders in order to draw first blood on U.S. soil. This is what Polk claimed was the reason for the Mexican War. Upon addressing the president, Lincoln said: "Let the President [Polk] answer the interrogatories I proposed... Let him answer fully, fairly, candidly. Let him answer with facts, and not with arguments. Let him remember, he sits where Washington sat; and so remembering, let him answer as Washington would answer... so let him attempt no evasion, no equivocation."

John Quincy Adams
Another issue on which he was most combative was his opposition to the Mexican War.
It was on this issue about the Mexican War that John Quincy Adams’ final vote in Congress was cast. There were many others, including Congressman Abraham Lincoln, also opposed to the war. John Quincy Adams also voted “no” in 1848 when a measure was called that commended veterans of recent battles to that still ongoing war.

Representative Rovert Toombs
"This war is nondescript.... We charge the President with usurping the war-making power... with This war is nondescript.... We charge the President with usurping the war-making power... with seizing a country... which had been for centuries, and was then in the possession of the Mexicans.... Let us put a check upon this lust of dominion. We had territory enough, Heaven knew"

Representative Joshua Giddings
led a group of dissenters in Washington D.C. He called the war with Mexico "an aggressive, unholy, and unjust war," and voted against supplying soldiers and weapons. He said:
In the murder of Mexicans upon their own soil, or in robbing them of their country, I can take no part either now or here-after. The guilt of these crimes must rest on others. I will not participate in them.

U.S. soldiers' memoirs describe cases of scalping innocent civilians, the rape and murder of women, the murder of children, the burning of homes, and the
U.S. soldiers' memoirs describe cases of scalping innocent civilians, the rape and murder of women, the murder of children, the burning of homes, and the desecrating of Catholic religious objects and buildings.
One officer's diary records:
“ We reached Burrita about 5 pm, many of the Louisiana volunteers were there, a lawless drunken rabble. They had driven away the inhabitants, taken possession of their houses, and were emulating each other in making beasts of themselves.[59] ”

John L. O'Sullivan, a vocal proponent of Manifest Destiny, later recollected:
“ The regulars regarded the volunteers with importance and contempt ... [The volunteers] robbed Mexicans of their cattle and corn, stole

their fences for firewood, got drunk, and killed several inoffensive inhabitants of the town in the streets.

Kelly Wortham on May 17, 2010 at 21:36:48 said:

Articles like this makes me question why is there such a focus on how blacks and Latinos "match up" against one another. It seems to me that the media purposely seeks out info to brainwash people in to thinking that there is this big divide and this big competition and so much hate when it is simply not the case. We need to stop being silent on this issue b/c to me it is another way that the media is attempting to keep the minorities at each others neck instead of being united and coming into power like we should be.

I'm tell you! If we do not speak up and let the media know that their lies and misinformation is not going to work! We are going find ourselves biting at each others throats instead of fighting against the real tyranny! I am posting your article at our FB group "black and brown unite" as further proof that the media is trying to do everything to destroy us to break our backs and divide and conquer but its not going to work. If you feel the same way please look for the group "black and brown unite" on facebook! The lies and misinformation have to stop NOW!!! Don't believe the hype. Don't lose focus on what task at hand.

oh please on May 14, 2010 at 21:22:07 said:

Black people need to stop blaming everyone but themselves for their own pathologies. The American government has spent BILLIONS on these people to up themselves, and they're STILL losers. Mexicans come here with nothing and makes something of themselves!

Fred on May 13, 2010 at 22:50:58 said:

Acquanetta Warren is absolutely wrong. If she wants to propagate hate, she shouldn't shroud herself in the house of God, and what if all the Latinos were gone, I guess then she just found a bunch of dishwashing jobs for blacks. Yeah, bright, exactly what the racist whites want.

jerseycityjoan on May 12, 2010 at 11:16:59 said:

When it comes to illegal immigration, blacks and browns together against the whites doesn't make sense for the blacks.
Their people came here from Africa over 200 years ago. That's longer than many whites.

So why should African Americans who fought so hard for civil rights laws be glad to help newcomers who aren't supposed to be here? All illegal immigrants do for American blacks is knock them down: they take jobs and apartments that could have been theirs, plus they crowd the schools and hospitals and clinics too.

Blacks have been the biggest losers when it comes to illegal immigration. This lady is right to be mad and speaking out.

Fred on May 09, 2010 at 09:44:43 said:

So now it's the blacks against the brown? I don't think so, the blacks and browns have always worked together. Now this woman wants to blame the Mexican for the troubles of the blacks instead of working together. Dumb! Dumb! Dumb!

Dave on May 08, 2010 at 08:05:08 said:

The African American community needs more leadership like Acquanetta Warren. They are the ones most hurt by illegal aliens. People always try and make the (false) pint that illegal aliens do the jobs Americans don't want but these are the jobs black college students take to work their way through school. Painting drywall, mopping floors etc...
I did all those things during my college days.

Sherlrock on May 08, 2010 at 02:06:38 said:

What a shameful bitch, pitting the black folk against the Mexican, and worse of all, in the house of God. The Nazi's were strongly religious, maybe she's trying to emulate them. Warren, you justify your words and actions anyway you want, but in the eyes of God, you are wrong!

Carlos Mango on May 08, 2010 at 01:55:11 said:

What a wonderfully Christian thing for Acquanetta to say in the house of God. Maybe she can vote to bring back the Black Laws also.

KJ on May 05, 2010 at 14:17:36 said:

I agree with Acquanetta Warren. The democrats have done nothing but let everyone from around the world enjoy the programs that were supposed to help blacks after hundreds of years of slavery and jim crow. I'm god damn tired of it. Obama can berate black men for not being good fathers, but he doesn't say a damn word when a mexican drops 10 anchor babies. I'm tired of the democratic party. If the Republican REALLY want black voters, they need to reach out to BLACK MEN. POINT BLANK. BLACK MEN are the ones who have suffered the most from democratic policies. We have the most to gain if someone would take up our issues.

jerseycityjoan on May 05, 2010 at 04:45:42 said:

Excellent, lots of points to think about

Max9010 on May 04, 2010 at 21:02:52 said:

Escape attempts and victims of the inner German border (1/2)There were numerous escape attempts and victims of the inner German border during its 45 years of existence from 1945 to 1990.Escapees had various motives for attempting to flee East Germany. The vast majority had an essentially economic motive: they wished to improve their living conditions and opportunities in the West. Some fled for political reasons, but many were impelled to leave by specific social and political events. The imposition of collective agriculture and the crushing of the 1953 East German uprising prompted thousands to flee to the West, as did further coercive economic restructuring in 1960. Thousands of those who fled did so to escape the clearance of their villages along the border. By the 1980s, the number of escape attempts was rising again as East German\'s economy stagnated and living conditions deteriorated. [2]

Attempts to flee across the border were carefully studied and recorded by the East German authorities to identify possible weak points. These would be addressed by strengthening the fortifications in vulnerable areas. The NVA and the Stasi carried out statistical surveys to identify trends. In one example, a study was carried out by the East German army at the end of the 1970s to review attempted \"border breaches\" (Grenzdurchbrüche). It found that 4,956 people had attempted to escape across the border between 1 January 1974 and 30 November 1979. Of those, 3,984 people (80.4%) were arrested by the Volkspolizei in the Sperrzone, the outer restricted zone. 205 people (4.1%) were caught at the signal fence. Within the inner security zone, the Schutzstreifen, a further 743 people (15%) were arrested by the border guards. 48 people (1%) were stopped - i.e. killed or injured - by landmines and 43 people (0.9%) by SM-70 directional mines on the border fence. A further 67 people (1.35%) were intercepted at the border fence (shot and/or arrested). The study highlighted the effectiveness of the SM-70 as a means of stopping people getting across the fence. A total of 229 people - just 4.6% of attempted escapees, representing less than one in twenty - made it across the border fence. Of these, the largest number (129, or 55% of successful escapees) succeeded in making it across the fence in unmined sectors. 89 people (39% of escapees) managed to cross both the minefields and the border fence, but just 12 people (6% of the total) succeeded in getting past the SM-70s. [3]
Republikflucht became a crime in 1957, punishable by heavy fines and up to three years\' imprisonment. Any act associated with an escape attempt was subject to this legislation. Those caught in the act were often tried for espionage as well and given proportionately harsher sentences. [7] Some escapees were executed, sometimes being deported to the Soviet Union for the death penalty to be carried out. [8] More than 75,000 people - an average of more than seven people a day - were imprisoned for attempting to escape across the border, serving an average of one to two years\' imprisonment. Border guards who attempted to escape were treated much more harshly and were on average imprisoned for five years. [9] Those who helped escapees were also subject to punishment, facing prison terms or deportation to internal exile in faraway towns. Some 50,000 East Germans suffered this fate between 1952 and 1989. [10]

Alcala on May 04, 2010 at 20:17:50 said:

I dare anyone to walk into a room full of african americans or whites or anyone else and tell them they are willing to give employment to the first 100 people,but explain that the job involves 8 hrs of labor bent over outdoors in the sun, picking onions tomatoes,and onions,and by the way there are no medical/dental benefits all this for minimum wage.How about busing tables, on their feet for the same amount of time. Sounds good doesn't it.Oh and some field workers can make some extra money if they can get their small children to help. Some places pay workers by the amount picked.Ever hear of the blueberry children. Sorry Aquanetta, ain't nobody taking these sweet jobs but the slave labor we all turn away from ,but benefit from..I sure as hell don't feel like paying 4 bucks for a head of lettuce.Non illegals are definately gonna want more money.Guess they'll pass that on to you and me.

KJ on May 04, 2010 at 18:51:37 said:

@ l00ker.... I know

l00ker on May 04, 2010 at 16:28:06 said:

Finally, some sense emanating from the politicians in the black community.




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