Today, March 31st, is César Chávez Day. A day to honor the worker’s rights activist. César Estrada Chávez was born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona. Chávez, an American citizen by birth, didn’t advocate for illegal alien Mexican farm workers. His cause was protecting Chicano farm workers, that is; Hispanic-American-citizen-farm workers, from the cheaper Mexican farm workers that agribusiness wanted to bring in.
Chávez co-founded the United Farm Workers which was created by merging the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee and the National Farm Workers Association and the new organization quickly transformed from a worker’s rights organization to a farmworkers union.
Chávez had his union members calling the INS to report illegal aliens working in the fields so that they could be deported.
In 1986, in opposition to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Chávez encouraged the U.S. government to include Employer Sanctions in the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA amnesty) to legislate penalties against employers who knowingly hired illegal aliens.
But, Chávez’s history is being rewritten.
One example: In 2008 a know-nothing senator from Chicago called for a national holiday in Chavez’s honor, saying: “Chavez left a legacy as an educator, environmentalist, and a civil rights leader.” That was just empty campaign rhetoric and he, of course, misstated the facts.
Chávez deserves to be honored and remembered for what he was, an advocate for American farmworkers who opposed the use of illegal aliens who took jobs from Americans and held down wages.
Frankly, I’d like to see more Cesar Chávez’s working to protect American workers today. Then we might not have over 12 million unemployed Americans and over 10 million illegal aliens working in our country.