John Conyers is still at it. Can you believe it? The longest serving congressman since … so long ago we all forget. Over 50 years. And Frank Morris does not approve of Conyer’s kowtowing to progressive belief’s in diversity as an absolute good for the African-American community. Especially the working voters.

Frank Morris is the Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. Yes, they don’t like immigration: their motto is: low-immigration – pro-immigrant. As in legal, controlled immigration. As in the law of supply and demand of labor in America. Especially as it applies to lower-skilled workers whose wages have been held down by illegal immigration.

Morris was director of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Safe to say its members are not big Frank Morris fans and they don’t exchange daily emails supporting each other’s policy views. Because identity politics – as espoused by those who have a tight grip on the Democratic Party establishment – means a broad inclusiveness across ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, nationality, legal status, sex (oops sorry, gender), sexuality … and on and on.

And supporting so-called undocumented migrants is a shared good that will elevate all those who suffer discrimination or prejudice of any form. At least that’s what the progressive faith proclaims.

Unfortunately, studies show that illegal immigration does hold down wages in relatively lower-skilled jobs. Something that has become an entitlement for certain industries like hospitality and fast food franchises. Something to be lobbied for through various channels.

Digging in further, the studies show that at the micro level – in the individual firm or franchise – African American workers risk being left out of jobs that are instead given to illegals, precisely because illegals are paid less and literally have no legal recourse to press claims on issues like overtime or health and safety concerns.

Over at The Federalist – which has covered working class concerns over globalization fairly consistently without railing against globalization – John Gibbs made the case for Black voters choosing Trump precisely because of his trade and immigration policies. Gibbs – a former Apple engineer with experience in East Asia as a tech teacher and a postgrad in public administration – makes the point that trade with Asia is an uneven playing field. A tougher negotiating stance with Japan and China for example, along with less regulatory and tax burdens could bring (or keep) manufacturing jobs back to America. It’s a more pro-jobs and business-friendly perspective than Morris, but comes to the same conclusion. Oh yes, Giggs happens to be African American. And is clearly a policy wonk looking to plant himself firmly in the beltway, one suspects.

Whether tit-for-tat strategies in the context of international trade agreements will produce better deals or lead to global trade wars is uncertain. But the dangers of such a strategy may be exaggerated by free-trade advocates.

Both men – and a quietly growing community of commentators – state that the Democratic Party has betrayed its incredibly loyal African-American base. And that their faith in having strong Black Caucus leaders in Congress to represent their interests is misguided. Will they convince a significant percentage of black voters to turn to Trump? That seems unlikely – to put it politely – over the next few months. But this could be the beginning of an enormous shift in voting patterns.

Because when it comes to black working class voters, Trump may be the candidate whose trade and immigration polices is more in their interest than Hillary. Or Sanders for that matter. Even if those voters, and even Trump himself, don’t really realize it.

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