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May 19, 1983 - Image 3

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Tensions rise as
black immigrants
compete for jobs

The mass exodus of black immigran-
ts from the Carribean, Africa and Latin
America to the U.S. in the 1960's has
heightened competition for jobs with
black Americans, said Roy-Laporte
The "new immigration" has created
conflict within the black community
because Black Americans feel they are
being displaced for jobs, said Bryce-
Laporte director of the Research In-
stitute on Immigration and Ethic
Studies in Washington, D.C.
BRYCE-LAPORTE and more than 60
prestigious scholars from across the
world kicked-off a four-day conference
at the University Law School entitled
the "International Conference on Im-
migration and The Changing black
Population in the United States,"
Job competition is a problem which

should be considered apart from the rec
ent flux of black immigrants, Bryce-
Laporte said.
"The problems which we are trying
to resolve are not only minority
problems, but they reflect the problems
of each of the countries the black im-
migrants are from," he said.
"THE SOLUTION requires not only a
more sensitive political community but
a broader-minded set of policies by
American minorities and the American
government," said Bryce-Laporte who
immigrated to the U.S.
Too often complicated minority
problems are viewed independently
from the professional and political
community, which distorts the issues,
Bryce-Laporte said.
University Regent Nellie Varner said
black enrollment at the University has
eroded since the early '70s.

Daily Photo by ELIZABETH SCU
Dr. Pauline Terrelonge discusses U.S. Immigration Policy's discrimination
against blacks at the "International Conference on Immigration and the
Changing Black Population in the U.S.," yesterday.

Council split over city budget
By HALLE CZECHOWSKI week to meet with the Republican Both sides agreed to reject the 1.35
The only clear issue at tonight's vote caucus, said Jeff Epton (D-Third mills tax increase. James Blow (R-
on the city budget will be a split along Ward). Second Ward) said the proposed in-
party lines. Several Republican councilmembers crease is a result of a law passed by the
The six Republican council members said they refused to meet with the state legislature which would allow
back the $63.8 million budget proposed Democrats because they said nothing cities the right to automatically assess
by city administrator Godfrey Collins, would be accomplished by it. property taxes.
which includes a property tax increase "I have no plans to meet with them. I BUT BLOW said the city has always
of1.35 mills. think they have gone about this very been able to pay for assessing and
THE FIVE Democrats on Council strangely," said Deem. collecting property taxes out of its
k, unveiled an alternative budget COPIES OF the alternative budget general fund.
propesal at a press conference Tuesday were placed in every Republican coun- "We've always (collected taxes)
afternoon, which would reallocate fun- cilmember's mailbox, said Lowell without (assessing a fee), so I see no
ds so that $400,000 could be channelled Peterson (D-First Ward). reason to raise taxes for this purpose,
into human services and also provide a Although the Democrats don't expect which we've been doing on our own
$1 million tax cut. the full proposal to pass, Peterson said anyway," said Blow.
If a compromise cannot be reached at it is important that the main points be If the administrator's budget is
tonight's meeting, the city ad- integrated into the city administrator's passed without this increase, the city's
ministrator's budget will be passed by budget. budget would be unbalanced and in
default. "We've gone through (the budget) violation of state laws.
Many Republican council members with a real fine tooth comb to see what "I DON'T think the (administrator's)
said the alternative budget and press can be eliminated," said Peterson. "We budget will not be passed, but there are
conference was "grandstanding." "If substantially cut into the Mayor's and not enough votes to change it, so it will
they were serious about it they would council's budget." stand as Mr. Collins proposed it," said
have contacted us first and then held THE DEMOCRATS said proposing Joyce Chesbrough (R-Fifth ward).
the press conference," said Richard an alternative budget is a positive step According to the city charter, if any
Deem (R-Second Ward). toward breaking down the traditional changes in the budget are made it must
DEEM AND other Republican coun- Republican influence on council. be done with a two-thirds majority.
cilmembers said they resented finding "This is the start of trying to get a Last year the Republicans held the
Peterson out about the alternative budget less council budget rather than a caucus necessary seven votes to have their own
than a week before the vote. But many budget," said Larry Hunter (D-First majority, but this year they will need at
. . proposes alternatives unsuccessful attempts were made last Ward). least one more Democratic vote.

bone up
on skills

When Bernice the bluebird decides to abandon her babies
on top of the bell tower, or when Fluffy the cat needs her
shots, it's time to call in a specialist-an animal control of-
These dedicated men and women fearlessly fight animal
abuse every day while giving Fido and Rover the tender
loving care they need.
SINCE Monday, a group of 32 animal control specialists
have been brushing up on their skills at the second annual
"Animal Control Academy," on North Campus.
The crew of police officers, and humane society workers
will spend 80 hours in classes during the next week and a half
learning about "everything from frozen mice to the toughest
disease," said Bill Bryant, an animal control specialist from
Kokomo, Indiana.

Although no mailmen were invited to the Academy, spon-
sored by the U.S. Humane Society, a gray-horned owl and a
red-tailed hawk were on hand yesterday to teach participants
how to handle small animals.
THE GROUP is learning disease diagnosis and com-
municating with animal owners.
"Really, this is a people business more than an animal
business," said Academy Director Bill Smith. It is an impor-
tant part of an animal controllers job to help owners under-
stand more about their pets and learn how to care for them.
The classes also emphasize how to nurse injured animals
back to health. Each participant is tested and must score
above 70 percent to receive Academy certification. Smith
added, however, that the test focuses most heavily on com-
mon sense situations.

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