I was listening to Mark Levin last night on Sirius/XM when I heard him discussing an article I think came from the American Spectator. It was about Cesar Chávez and illegal immigration….
Cesar Chávez believed ferociously in the border of the United States — because that border protected his union. So ferociously did he hold this view that the New York Times ran a story detailing an accusation that the union Chavez founded, the United Farm Workers, set up a 100 mile ‘wet line’ to keep ‘wetbacks’ and ‘illegals’ — yes, all of those are Chavez’s words — out of the United States. So let’s go back in the time machine to the period when Chavez was rocketing to fame….
The following video is an interview featuring Cesar Chavez (September 25, 1972), KQED News report in which Chavez explains, “that legitimate strikes by agricultural workers can always be broken by employers bringing in illegal labor from Mexico.”
Cesar Chavez Used The Term “Wetbacks” and “Illegals” to Describe Migrant Workers from Mexico
Below is a 1974 article from El Malcriado, the farm workers underground newspaper which was founded I believe in 1964 entitled, “Chavez Assails Use of ‘Illegals’ in Mendota Rally” – El Malcriado – Voice of the Farm Worker July 31, 1974, pg. 3)
Mendota, Calif. — Cesar Chavez urged fellow farmworkers at a rally here to circulate petitions to tell legislators in Washington, D.C. to stop the large flow of “illegal aliens”, who are depriving the farmworkers of their jobs.
The followers, only a. few in number four years ago, are now a .large UFW organizing group in Mendota, a campesino town ‘that primarily harvests melons.
Chavez Said, ’1 Illegals are invading the country because the Nixon Administration is permitting it.” He added that they come not only from Mexico, but from Costa Rica, San Salvador, the Philippines and the Arab nations in the hundreds and thousands and take away our jobs.
Chavez pointed out that the growers who hire the “illegals,” are closely tied to the Immigration Department, the Justice Department, and the Federal Government.
Chants of “huelga, huelga, huelga” came in an uproar When Chavez remarked in Spanish “that the only cure for this sickness of exploitation of the farm workers by the growers, is a medicine called, “HUELGA!”
Mark Levin is on point; Progressives from Barack Obama to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to the Congressional Black Caucus who repeatedly pretend to honor Cesar Chavez are (i) engaging in Progressive revisionist history and (ii) spitting on the grave and legacy of Cesar Chavez. H/t Give Me Liberty.
One final note, illegal immigration is not a civil right.