The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) hosted a forum on the impact of immigration reform in Black America in the School of Business auditorium last month. The discussion, led by Greg Carr, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Afro Studies, focused on the lack of inclusion for immigrants of African descent in the conversations around reform.
While there are more than three million people of African descent living in the U.S., the immigration debate generally focuses on individuals of Hispanic descent.
The panelists included the co-chair of the International Youth Association, Alden Nesbitt, and CBC Taskforce on Immigration Reform co-chairs Rep. Yvette Clarke, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Rep. Steven Horsford.
“The United States of America is a nation of immigrants, built on immigrants, for immigrants,” Clarke said. “With the exception of Native Americans, we all have come from other nations of origin.”