Twitter has exploded in anger over a Texas politician attempting to turn American labor leader César Chávez into a symbol of anti-immigration policies. In a move that makes absolutely no sense for anyone knowledgeable about the brave work Chávez has done in order to ” gain better working environments for thousands of workers laboring in harsh conditions on farms for low wages,” East Texas Representative Louis Gohmert submitted a proposal on March 20 asking to change César Chávez Day (March 31st, also the activist’s birthday) to National Border Control Day.
Although the statement acknowledged Chávez’s “passionate fight,” Gohmert still proposed this anti-immigration move and in the process angered both politicians and regular citizens alike. New Jersey Senator Bob Mendez called Gohmert a bigot and the Hispanic Caucus released a statement denouncing Gohmert’s racism, tweeting that “for him to twist & warp the legacy of #CésarChávez is offensive, shameful & beyond the pale of normal logic.”
Today I filed a resolution that would declare Cesar Chavez's Birthday: "National Border Control Day." Read more about the resolution, here: https://t.co/JCXg0vbRRR
— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) March 20, 2018
After talking about Chávez’s legacy, Gohmert’s resolution says:
In fact, it was his firm belief that preventing illegal immigration was an essential prerequisite to improving the circumstances of American farmworkers; and in 1979, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., he demanded that the federal government enforce the immigration laws and keep illegal aliens out of the country.
Unsurprisingly, people aren’t buying it, which is why Twitter has exploded, from claiming his behavior is “unprofessional, immature and frankly smacks of ethnic bias” to downright calling him a “vile racist bag of manure.” Below are some of the more colorful objections to the proposed National Border Control Day.