Cesar Chavez Dedicated his Life to Fighting for American Workers

Eric Ruark, Immigration Reform, March 21, 2014

There is a new biopic of Cesar Chavez that was screened at the White House on March 19. Some of us were wondering if it would honestly deal with Chavez’s vehement opposition to illegal immigration. Not really. No one for a moment believed that Chavez’s fight to prevent illegal immigration from Mexico would make it onto the screen. Not now that his legacy has been co-opted by the open-borders crowd. The concealment of Chavez’s unambiguous support for a secure and well-regulated immigration system betrays over a century of struggle by the labor movement to protect American workers from excessive immigration–a struggle that current leaders of national labor unions have abandoned.

As the head of the United Food Workers, Chavez used union workers to set up a “wet line” to prevent illegal aliens from crossing the border to break strikes by UFW farm laborers. Chavez unabashedly insisted that the rights and well-being of American workers, no matter their ethnic or racial background, were his first priority, and much of what he said directly contradicts those who pretend who speak in his name. Specifically, he wanted nothing to do with ethnic pandering:

. . . when you say ‘la raza,’ you are saying an anti-gringo thing, and it won’t stop there. Today it’s anti-gringo, tomorrow it will be anti-Negro, and the day after it will be anti-Filipino, anti-Puerto Rican. And then it will be anti-poor-Mexican, and anti-darker-skinned Mexican. . . . La raza is a very dangerous concept.

Cesar Chavez did support the 1986 amnesty because, like Ronald Reagan who signed it into law, he believed that it would solve the problem once and for all, because that’s what politicians promised. {snip}

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  • Hmmm. There may be a hidden, likeable side to this guy after all. Anyone opposed to “la raza” can’t be all bad. Too bad he’s deceased or he might be able to help sabotage amnesty.

    • Anon

      So….let me get this straight. Chavez was a likeable guy because he espoused the melting pot theory and rejected race based nationalism.
      Pay more close attention to what Chavez meant. He was saying that the concept of racial identification and loyalty was dangerous. Specifically, it was dangerous because white people are the strongest, by far, of the races and all others are dependent on us, if not outright parasitical of us. Were WE to start internalizing the idea of “la raza”, because that’s what all races are going, we’d quickly divest ourselves of these other races which would be problem for them.
      Or put another way, Chavez was openly saying that the concept of “la raza” was problematic because everything those other races have comes from white people and were they to lay down terms of each for his own race, they would have nothing.
      That doesn’t quite endear me to Chavez. In fact, the la raza folk are much more…..at least honest. At least they give lip service to separation in their own homeland and self determination with neither the influence nor support of “gringos”.
      California, for example. The very best thing that could happen there would be for the southern half to be seized and turned into aztlan, and every Mexican in the US to move there immediately. No US tax money going in and no contact other than casual with anything American.
      Of course, the Mexicans are not interested in that. Like Chavez, they like the nice cushy jobs created for them by white people and the nice fat welfare paid for by white labor. Which is only slightly better than what the communist unions want today….which is to not even be a citizen to get those things.

      • I thought I was damning Chavez with faint praise. Having lived in a Mexican run city and worked for a Mexican-run university for 30 years I know all about these creatures. The only place where I disagree with you is your claim that the la raza types are honest. It’s not honesty that drives them, it’s their hatred of whites. I’ve been on the receiving end of that hatred.

  • borogirl54

    Chavez saw illegal immigrants as lowering wages for farmworkers since they will work for less than anyone else and they are seen as a docile workforce that will make no demands.

    • Dr. Möbias

      He changed at the end of his life and fully supported mass immigration of “his” people. Make no mistake, Chavez was NO hero to anyone, and that goes double for murderous Che who delighted in executing large numbers of his enemies.

  • joesolargenius

    I find it absolutely amazing that young Hispanics would worship a scumbag serial killer like Che Gueverra and pay little attention to Ceasar Chavez.

    • Alexandra1973

      Che Guevara was a realist.

  • dd121

    What do they care what he thought? To them Chavez is just another useful idiot.

  • IstvanIN

    Unlimited immigration simply destroys a society and its economy. Simple as that.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      That’s exactly why the elites love endless, massive 3rd world immigration. As long as it destabilizes western civilization in both America and Europe, “the more, the merrier.”

      • Romulus

        Look no further than “Der schnozzle” know what i mean! 😉

  • Romulus

    I loved DESI and LUCY!

    It doesn’t mean for one single solitary second that I would wish or encourage ANY sizable immigration of non whites, if any at all.