‘Chavez’s lifelong work to protect American workers should be echoed and celebrated throughout America…’
(Lionel Parrott, Liberty Headlines) Cesar Chavez, the labor activist, is not exactly a conservative hero.
But one Republican congressman wants a resolution that would recognize Chavez’s birthday.
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., wants to designate the Latino labor leader’s birth date, March 31, as National Border Control Day in recognition of his fight against powerful business interests who wanted to replace American workers with illegal aliens.
In a press release, Gosar noted: “Cesar Chavez’s lifelong work to protect American workers should be echoed and celebrated throughout America. As open border Democrats continue to advocate against securing our southern border, it is critical to remember the damage illegal immigration does to legal American workers.”
Although not a federal holiday, California currently recognizes Chavez’s birthday as a state holiday and was commemorating it on Monday.
It also follows a renewed border crisis, in which Homeland Security is being forced to release illegal immigrants due to a lack of space in detention facilities.
Meanwhile, reports of a new caravan forming with some 20,000 migrants prompted President Donald Trump over the weekend to remove aid from three Central American countries and threaten to close the southern border entirely.
Gosar’s press release highlights how Chavez—a native of Yuma, Arizona—understood that deterring illegal immigration was a necessity for American workers.
It describes how Chavez boycotted non-unionized farms while identifying and reporting illegal workers.
The resolution describes how “in 1969, Chavez led a march to the Mexican border to protest illegal immigration, joined by Sen. Walter Mondale, D-Minn., and Martin Luther King’s successor as head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ralph Abernathy.”
It doesn’t appear that Democrats are in a hurry to vote for the resolution.
Gosar’s colleague, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said that Gosar was “attempting to revise history and corrupt the achievements of Cesar Chavez by attempting to paint him as a right-wing anti-immigrant hack.”
He continued: “In his advocacy efforts to improve the working conditions and economic well-being of the vulnerable men and women who harvest the food for our constituents’ tables, Cesar Chavez is the complete opposite of the Republican Party and their current anti-immigrant, anti-worker views.”
Except, it appears, when it comes to opposing illegal immigration.