Federal César Chávez Day Blocked by Republican Senate Leader

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Council of La Raza have expressed anger over the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass a resolution commemorating the birthday and honoring the legacy of noted labor and civil rights leader César Chávez. The measure was blocked by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) objection to the resolution. The groups derided McConnell for placing “political gamesmanship” above farmworkers’ legacy when requesting the inclusion of language on Chávez’s involvement in a 1969 march against growers’ importation of undocumented immigrant labor to thwart the United Farm Workers of America’s organizing efforts: “The inclusion of such language suggests that César Chávez would not have been appalled and outraged by today’s anti-immigrant sentiment and policies, which not only is offensive but dead wrong. There is a time and place to debate the immigration issue, but to deny a great leader this congressional honor is a slap in the face.”

read more at the National Council of La Raza

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