Now, don't get your chonies in a bunch about the "W" word.
Our Fearless Leader, Barack Obama, sees nothing wrong referring to illegal aliens as "wetbacks", (or even "scabs", for that matter).
Just a couple of months ago President Barack Obama declared:
Chavez is a hero to progressives, but he actually waged a campaign against the type of illegal immigration that is endemic of Obama's foolish policies and naive beliefs.“none of us can claim to know exactly what [labor organizer] Cesar [Chavez] would have said about this [2014 immigration] fight, or any other.”
Obama’s attempt to whitewash Chavez’s stance came during a short speech that he gave in the White House to the producers, actors and supporting crew of a new movie about Chavez.
The movie, disingenuously paints the union leader as a “civil rights” supporter of Mexican immigrants.
Chavez was born in Arizona, and viewed himself as an American. His greatest wins were in the 1970s, when he managed to triple farmworkers’ wages and boost mechanization by reducing the legal inflow of strikebreaking Mexican “Bracero” laborers.“I do think he would want us to remember that the [immigration] debates we have are less about policy than they are about people,” Obama claimed at the preview.
Chavez called the illegals “wetbacks” and “scabs” because they bypassed his picket lines. “As long as we have a poor country bordering California, it is going to be very difficult to win strikes,” Chavez told a KQED TV interviewer in 1972.
Cesar Chavez died in 1993, and his wins were diluted in the 1980s and 1990s, when the unions began welcoming Democratic-leaning illegal aliens, and the federal government largely stopped enforcing laws against the employment of illegal aliens. Since then, farmworkers’ salaries have dropped below the level won by Chavez, along with the salaries of many other Americans who are forced to compete with low-wage illegal aliens.
When President Obama promoted comprehensive immigration reform before a screening of the new biopic “Cesar Chavez” at the White House he didn’t mention the views of the famous farm labor leader on illegal immigration and border security.
“Cesar Chavez once said when you have people together that believe in something very strongly, whether it’s religion or politics, or unions, things happen,” Obama said. “Today we’ve got labor leaders and CEOs and faith leaders and law enforcement and they’ve come together and said it’s time to fix this broken immigration system.”
Anyone that was even partialy alert in the 1970's will clearly remember that Cesar Chavez, the National Farm Workers Association co-founder, was strongly against illegal immigration.
The Obama administration supports a Senate-passed bill that would bestow legal status on some 11 million illegal immigrants and increase border security. The bill has dim prospects of passing the House.
On Nov. 5, 2009, then-Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) noted Chavez’s activism against illegal border crossings on the House floor.
“Cesar Chavez was probably a good, well, 20 years ahead of his time,” Bilbray said. “In fact, Cesar Chavez in 1969 led the first march on the Mexican border to protest illegal immigration. He was accompanied by Walter Mondale and Ralph Abernathy at that time to alert all to the problems that were equating with illegal immigration at that time.”
Mondale was a senator who went on to become vice president. Abernathy was a pastor and civil rights leader.
A decade after that march, Chavez testified in front of the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee about the problems of illegal immigration as an avenue for employers breaking strikes.
Chavez told the Senate panel:
“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,”
“And, for over 30 years, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has looked the other way and assisted in the strikebreaking.”
“I do not remember one single instance in 30 years where the immigration service has removed strikebreakers.”
“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.”
The Chavez testimony came after a farm worker strike ensued in January 1970 in California’s Imperial Valley, which borders Mexico. The United Farm Workers was seeking a 42 percent pay increase from growers over three years for the striking farm workers, and placed patrols on the border to prevent “unauthorized strikebreakers” from entering the country, according to the conservative nonprofit Center for Immigration Studies.
The UFW would later change its position in 2000 on illegal immigration at the urging of the AFL-CIO, which wanted to end employer sanctions.
During the White House press briefing , a reporter asked if the movie screening will bring attention to the issue of immigration reform. Carney said:
“I think the place that Cesar Chavez has in our history, the outstanding place that he holds, is separate and apart from any policy,” .
Carney didn’t answer another reporter’s follow up question from about Chavez’s view on immigration reform.
The Center for Immigration Studies report quoted labor organizer Bert Corona, an ally of the UFW, saying:
“I did have an important difference with Cesar. This involved his, and the union’s position, on the need to apprehend and deport undocumented Mexican immigrants who were being used as scabs by the growers.”
Obama declared March 31, 2014 to be Cesar Chavez Day.
In typical progressive fashion, Obama has even co-opted Cesar Chavez's motto of Si Se Puede.
A disgusting insult to Chavez.