May 10, 2010
Robert J. Birgeneau
Office of the Chancellor
200 California Hall # 1500
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500
Robert J. Birgeneau
Questions and comments Regarding claims by CHANGE.org as to these statements.
"Students at UC Berkeley are outraged at the recent passage of Arizona's SB1070."
"We are guided by the spirit of past movements (from Cesar Chavez, to the American Indian Movement, to the Black Panthers and twLF). We are committed to do a hunger strike until our demands are met by Chancellor Birgeneau."
The ignorance of your young wards is embarrassing to say the least. It would seem appropriate to inform them Cesar Chavez was against illegal immigration and most likely would have been a strong supporter of SB 1070, which is the same as Federal Immigration law.
"Not only was Cesar Chavez against illegal immigration, not only did he speak out against the Mexican invasion before Congress, not only did United Farm Workers members monitor the United States-Mexico border à la the Minutemen, but Chavez even sicced la migra on the undocumented from time to time." Gustavo Arellano - Houston Press/OC Weekly
Chavez was against illegal immigration in no uncertain terms. That is, because he new that a steady flow of illegal workers would depress and keep farm workers wages below a livable income. "when the farm workers strike and their strike is successful, the employers go to Mexico and have unlimited, unrestricted use of illegal alien strikebreakers to break the strike. And, for over 30 years, the Immigration and Naturalization Service has looked the other way and assisted in the strikebreaking" Cesar Chavez - United Farm Workers - Congressional Testimony.
"The sainted labor leader (Chavez) was unalterably opposed to legalizing undocumented workers. It is dishonest for immigration reform advocates to invoke his name in their cause. The historical record shows that Chavez was a fierce opponent of illegal immigration" *Ruben Navarrette Jr.
"We native American Indians are offended and appalled by Hispanic Immigrants who attempt to erase the history of our indigenous native people and replace it with a pack of lies about some Mexican history that, in fact, never existed. Your blood is not your passport. You are not indigenous Tribal Indians of California. And if you came to this country illegally you are a criminal, with no respect for the laws of this country."
It should be noted there was no responce from The University Of California.
San Diego Unified School District