Cdl Mahony of Los Angeles is planning something called “The Cesar Chaves Mass” that is obviously aimed at attracting illegal aliens and those who support them.
Only one problem… Cesar Chavez isn’t axactly the Patron Saint of Illegals that many paint his to be. If anything, Chavez was hard core anti-illegal.
Case in point, this article from the San Diego Union –
Despite the fact that Chávez is these days revered among Mexican-American activists, the labor leader in his day was no more tolerant of illegal immigration than the Arizona Minutemen are now. Worried that the hiring of illegal immigrants drove down wages, Chávez – according to numerous historical accounts – instructed union members to call the Immigration and Naturalization Service to report the presence of illegal immigrants in the fields and demand that the agency deport them. UFW officials were even known to picket INS offices to demand a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
And in 1973, in one of the most disgraceful chapters in UFW history, the union set up a “wet line” to prevent Mexican immigrants from entering the United States. Under the guidance of Chávez 's cousin, Manuel, UFW members tried at first to convince the immigrants not to cross. When that didn’t work, they physically attacked the immigrants and left some bloody in the process. It happened in the same place that the Minutemen are now planning to gather: the Arizona-Mexico border.
At the time, The Village Voice said that the UFW conducted a “campaign of random terror against anyone hapless enough to fall into its net”
I see that the good Cardinal’s correct understanding of history is as strong as his adherance to official Catholic Teaching .