Originally Posted by Bailey
And, it gets better. See below.
Originally Posted by Rockntractor
No, they were just against illegals that they didn't control. From Wikipedia:
Originally Posted by Novaheart
The UFW during Chávez's tenure was committed to restricting immigration. Chávez and Dolores Huerta, cofounder and president of the UFW, fought the Bracero Program that existed from 1942 to 1964. Their opposition stemmed from their belief that the program undermined US workers and exploited the migrant workers. Since the Bracero program ensured a constant supply of cheap immigrant labor for growers, immigrants could not protest any infringement of their rights, lest they be fired and replaced. Their efforts contributed to Congress ending the Bracero Program in 1964. In 1973, the UFW was one of the first labor unions to oppose proposed employer sanctions that would have prohibited hiring undocumented immigrants. Later during the 1980s, while Chávez was still working alongside Huerta, he was key in getting the amnesty provisions into the 1986 federal immigration act.So, what we have here is Chavez opposing a guest worker program that controlled immigration, working for amnesty for illegals, but reporting those illegals who wouldn't unionize or worked when he told them to strike to the INS. In other words, Chavez had no problem with illegals, he just had a problem with illegals who wouldn't follow his dictates. Not so much a hero of the downtrodden as a cynical manipulator who used the power of the federal government to impose his control on vulnerable migrant workers in order to enhance his power.
On a few occasions, concerns that undocumented migrant labor would undermine UFW strike campaigns led to a number of controversial events, which the UFW describes as anti-strikebreaking events, but which have also been interpreted as being anti-immigrant. In 1969, Chávez and members of the UFW marched through the Imperial and Coachella Valleys to the border of Mexico to protest growers' use of undocumented immigrants as strikebreakers. Joining him on the march were both Reverend Ralph Abernathy and US Senator Walter Mondale. In its early years, Chávez and the UFW went so far as to report undocumented immigrants who served as strikebreaking replacement workers, as well as those who refused to unionize, to the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Some "civil rights leader and champion of the working man" you've got there.