Honor Cesar Chavez's commitment to immigration enforcement

by marking his birthday as National Border Control Day


March 31 is the birthday of late civil rights icon Cesar Chavez. Chavez, founder of the United Farm Workers union, was a fierce opponent of illegal immigration and supporter of tight border controls.

Chavez’s core insight was based on the law of supply and demand: Flooding the labor market with people from abroad undermines American workers trying to improve their lot in life.

This is why it's only fitting that March 31 should be recognized each year as National Border Control Day. Happy birthday, Cesar Chavez!

Celebrate Cesar Chavez's birthday as National Border Control Day

On March 31, 1927, Cesar Estrada Chavez was born in Yuma, Ariz., to parents who had come north from Mexico as children in the 1890s. He went on to found the United Farm Workers union, and by his death in 1993...

His words are as prescient today as they were when first spoken over 30 years ago. Enforcing the nation’s immigration laws is not a “political game.” 

On Cesar Chavez’s birthday, a reminder that he was a fierce opponent of illegal immigration

“Honor Cesar Chavez by celebrating National Border Control Day!,” Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, wrote in one tweet.

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During his prime, Chavez, a third-generation American citizen from Yuma, Arizona and Navy veteran, was an American labor leader fighting against the importation of strikebreakers from Mexico.

The American Conservative, 2006

A resolution has been introduced in the House of Representatives to recognize Cesar Chavez's birthday as National Border Control Day, which "encourages the people of the United States to observe National Border Control Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Saturday, March 31, would have been Cesar Chavez’s 91st birthday. Given Chavez’s consistent commitment to strict border enforcement to help poor Americans improve their condition, it is a fitting date for National Border Control Day.

National Review, 2018

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