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Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama will travel to California next Monday to establish a national monument honoring Cesar Chavez, the late Mexican-American farm workers’ leader.
Ironically, Chavez, the founder of the United Farm Workers union, was a foe of open borders and led a 1969 march on the California-Mexico border to oppose illegal immigration.
“Cesar Chavez gave a voice to poor and disenfranchised workers everywhere,” Obama said in a statement.
“La Paz was at the center of some of the most significant civil rights moments in our nation’s history, and by designating it a national monument, Chávez’ legacy will be preserved and shared to inspire generations to come.”
Obama will travel to Keene, Calif., on Oct. 8 — less than a month before Election Day — where he hopes to galvanize both the Hispanic and organized labor vote against Republican opponent Mitt Romney.
The monument was designated under the Antiquities Act and will be established on the property known as Nuestra Señora Reina de la Paz (Our Lady Queen of Peace), or La Paz, according to the White House.
In 1979, Chavez testified before Congress about farm workers and the problem of illegal immigration.
In his remarks before the U.S. Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources during the 96th Congress, Chavez complained about illegal immigrants being brought in by growers as strikebreakers. (The testimony is posted on the University of Houston Digital History Web site.)
“For so many years we have been involved in agricultural strikes; organizing almost 30 years as a worker, as an organizer, and as president of the union–and for all these almost 30 years it is apparent that when the farm workers strike and their strike is successful, the employers go to Mexico and have unlimited, unrestricted use of illegal alien strikebreakers to break the strike,” Chavez told senators.
“And, for over 30 years, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has looked the other way and assisted in the strikebreaking,” he said.
“I do not remember one single instance in 30 years where the Immigration service has removed strikebreakers — The employers use professional smugglers to recruit and transport human contraband across the Mexican border for the specific act of strikebreaking,” he added.
“We have observed all these years the Immigration Service has a policy as it has been related to us, that they will not take sides in any agricultural labor dispute — They have not taken sides means permitting the growers to have unrestricted use of illegal aliens as strikebreakers, and if that isn’t taking sides, I don’t know what taking sides means.”