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Why immigration reform is so tricky

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  • Andrew Liebich posted at 7:48 pm on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    Just curious Ms. Bobin... Are you still sticking with, "entering the United States illegally is not illegal."

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 5:07 pm on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    This is the second time that Joe Guzzardi has written misleading information about Cesar Chavez. The first was in his column "The Stubborn Truth About Cesar Chavez" dated October 13, 2012 in which he accused President Obama of attending the dedication of the Cesar Chavez memorial in order to talk immigration and "woo" Latino voters.

    Thanks to the Internet, a transcript of Obama's speech at the dedication ceremony revealed that Obama said NOTHING, ZIP, ZERO, about immigration and solely praised Chavez for his dedication to farmworker's rights and in getting the UFW established.

    Speech transcript: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/08/1141743/-President-Obama-s-remarks-at-dedication-of-Cesar-Chavez-National-Monument

    Quote Guzzardi from his column:

    "Apparently, neither Obama nor his advisers have any concept of what Chavez's legacy is truly about. Chavez was not a champion for more immigration, or whatever other flowery language the president might use in an effort to establish a connection with Latinos."

    Again, transcript reveals Obama said NOTHING about immigration in his speech other than to mention the immigrant ancestors of those attending the dedication ceremony. And speaking of having no "concept" of Chavez's "legacy," Guzzardi even identifies Chavez's wife, Helen, as Chavez's "elderly grandmother."

    Guzzardi states, in this latest column, above, "Chavez knew that more illegal immigrant workers willing to accept lower wages hurt his union members."

    What he FAILS to tell you - as is his usual tactic in order to mislead, is the following:

    Chavez was anti-illegal immigration for the following reasons:

    - Illegal workers undermined his efforts to organize farm workers - workers on strike could easily be replaced by illegals.

    -Illegals COULD NOT protest their working conditions and the abuses farmers and ranchers heaped on them - for obvious reasons- they could easily be fired or replaced if they complained.

    -Chavez's focus was to form a union for agricultural workers - a goal that could not be accomplished if those efforts could easily be destroyed by farmers hiring "scabs" (illegals) who had less rights than the striking workers.

    Joe Guzzardi continues to hold up Cesar Chavez as being "anti-illegal immigration" by conveniently not revealing the TRUTH about Chavez's legacy.

    Cesar Chavez was REVILED for his efforts at organizing farmworkers. Ranchers and farmers alike hated the man. He was jailed during the lettuce boycott for not calling it off.

    I vividly recall, when I first arrived in California, passing by a small house in my friend's hometown, Hollister. There were many cars parked outside, but the windows were covered with black curtains. Curious, I asked my friend if he knew what that was all about.

    He explained that it was a meeting of farmworkers loyal to Chavez and the reason they had to meet in secret was that they would be arrested or persecuted by their employers if their identities were known.

    It is shameful that Guzzardi now holds up Chavez as an example of the evils of illegal immigration when Chavez himself suffered greatly at the hands of those who fought with every means possible to defeat his cause.

  • Eric Barrow posted at 3:07 pm on Fri, Apr 12, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1534

    I knew Comprehensive Immigration Reform was gonna drive Joe crazy. Two Columns from Pittsburgh Joe this week way to go LNS. I hope Joe is right and the right attempts to kill immigration reform, midterm election have been tough for liberals lately but this immigration debate is sure to bring people out to the polls in 2014. At least the immigration debate distracts Joe from bashing his favorite small town in his favorite state. At some point the columns allowed by a publication define a publication.


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