Cesar Chavez resolution waylaid

“What could have been a simple move in the Senate to honor the late labor activist Cesar Chavez got tangled up in a partisan dispute — over immigration. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) tried Monday evening to get unanimous consent for a resolution honoring the co-founder of what is now the United Farm Workers labor union. But Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) promptly blocked the request.

Conservatives have noted that Chavez favored a tougher stance on immigration. | AP Photo

Conservatives have noted that Chavez favored a tougher stance on immigration. | AP Photo

“The influential farmworkers union [UFW] says it has been a consistent proponent of immigration reform — for instance, Huerta helped write the amnesty provisions of the 1986 immigration law under President Ronald Reagan that helped legalize 1 million farmworkers.

“Monday would have been Chavez’s 87th birthday, and President Barack Obama has designated the day as “Cesar Chavez Day” to be honored with service, community and education programs. Chavez died in 1993 at age 66.”

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