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Peter Kirsanow, a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, said illegal immigration "dwarfs" the more inflammatory issues of police brutality as a threat to the black community, saying, "When you look at the hundreds of thousands of blacks thrown out of work over the years as a result of the competitive pressure the downstream effects are profound." (Associated Press)

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As a labor law expert, Peter Kirsanow was often asked to testify at congressional hearings. When President George W. Bush nominated him to the civil rights commission, Chair Mary Frances Berry initially refused to swear him in, arguing the previous commissioner's term had not expired, and telling Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer that it would take "federal marshals" to seat him, according to The Associated Press. (Associated Press)