By Dave Gibson, January 29, 2021
On January 20th, only minutes after Biden made his way to the White House, a bust of National Farm Workers Association founder, U.S. Navy veteran, and lifelong migrant labor leader, Cesar Chavez, was unveiled in the Oval Office by the new president.
Biden replaced the bust of Winston Churchill that President Donald Trump had on display with that of Chavez, undoubtedly in a rather overt attempt to show how much Biden cares about Latinos.
However, when it comes to what is shaping up to be the cornerstone of Biden’s presidency – an open borders agenda – he and Chavez could not be farther apart in their philosophies.
To put it mildly, Chavez (pictured at right) fought illegal aliens and their presence here, as he saw them as a tool being used to undermine American migrant farm workers, and as “strike breakers.”
In fact, Chavez started something he called, the “Illegals Campaign,” in an effort to identify those here illegally and report them to federal authorities for deportation.
In June 2014, Eladio Bobadilla, writing for the Duke University Human Rights Center stated: “Cesar Chavez was, in fact, deeply hostile toward wetbacks,’ as he (and many others of this time) called them. He was relentless in his efforts to halt immigration from Mexico and was active in pursuing the deportation of those already here. Chavez claimed that undocumented workers were driving down wages, and crucially, being used as strikebreakers. Both complaints had merit, of course. Mexican immigrants were routinely used to break strikes; their desperate situation often led them to take whatever work they could get, even if it meant clashing with the UFW’s goals. And certainly, all of these dynamics played a role in wage depression.”
In fact, Chavez organized his own ‘border patrol,’ as his family members and followers joined him in patrolling the border. It would be fair to say that Chavez organized the first ‘Minuteman’ group.
Chavez was so adamant about the United States maintaining a strong border, that in 2019, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) introduced a resolution to make his birthday (March 31) “National Border Control Day.”
In a press release, Rep. Gosar stated: “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.”
If Cesar Chavez were still here today, he would undoubtedly be at odds with Biden’s open border policies, and if not silenced by the MSM and Big Tech, he would be one of the new president’s harshest and loudest critics.
Attempting to co-opt Chavez’s activism, simply because he was a Latino is disgusting, but that’s assuming Joe Biden actually has a clue about the late labor leader’s beliefs and actions.
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