Chavez, for the right reasons
October 29, 2002
The Aspen City Council and the Pitkin County Commissioners continue to give thousands of dollars of public money ? yours and mine ? to a quasi-political organization that provides services to illegal aliens. The trustees of Colorado Mountain College acknowledge they are using our money to pay a lobbyist to push for in-state tuition for illegal aliens.
How disgustingly ironic, because the voters of Colorado will soon decide if we will create a state holiday to honor a man who was, in his time, the country’s most aggressive warrior against illegal alienage: Cezar Chavez.
Cezar Chavez knew more than anyone the scourge of illegal immigration. He knew his embryonic, struggling United Farm Workers (UFW) didn’t stand a chance if the U.S. government did not maintain the integrity of the borders and enforce immigration law in the interior.
UFW members never missed the chance report illegal aliens. Indeed, Chavez volunteered his UFW members to assist the U.S. Border Patrol in monitoring the border.
The government chose the side of the corporate growers, however, and essentially abandoned the borders and abdicated on interior enforcement, thereby destroying the hopes of the UFW to bring livelihood, dignity and salvation to the fields.
Polls show Coloradans do not want accommodations made to illegal aliens by local governments. But what the people want seems not what the political and corporate elites want, and they will force their agendas upon us, just as the U.S. government did upon the toiling, besieged and eventually overrun UFW.
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We at the Colorado Alliance for Immigration Reform (www.cairco.org) encourage Colorado’s voters to vote to honor one of the country’s most courageous fighters against illegal immigration, Cezar Chavez ? and for that reason.