GOP rep introduces bill marking Cesar Chavez's birthday as 'National Border Control Day'

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarOvernight Energy: House moves to block Trump drilling | House GOP rolls out proposal to counter offshore drilling ban | calls mount for NOAA probe House approves two bills to block Trump drilling House GOP rolls out energy proposal to counter Democrats offshore drilling ban MORE (R-Ariz.), a hard-liner on immigration in Congress, introduced legislation Thursday marking labor and civil rights icon Cesar Chavez’s birthday as “National Border Control Day.”

The bill, submitted to the House Education and Labor Committee, would cast the designation for March 31, which would have been Chavez’s 92nd birthday.

The bill comes as Republicans and Democrats find themselves polarized regarding immigration and are debating whether the government should work to curb immigration or grant legal status to undocumented migrants.


“Cesar Chavez’s lifelong work to protect American workers should be echoed and celebrated throughout America,” Gosar said in a statement Friday. “As open border Democrats continue to advocate against securing our southern border, it is critical to remember the damage illegal immigration does to legal American workers.” 

Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, later called United Farm Workers (UFW), in 1962, a union that organized California’s mostly Hispanic agricultural workers against abuses by their employers. He supported restricting immigrant labor and was a proponent of stricter border controls to prevent workers from being brought in from Mexico to break UFW strikes.

Chavez also called for improvements to working conditions in Mexico as a means of reducing incentives for laborers to cross into the U.S.

Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertConservative lawmakers demand Schiff's recusal from Trump impeachment inquiry Louie Gohmert's exchange with Robert Mueller revealed an uneasy relationship Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess MORE (R-Texas) introduced similar legislation last year, drawing the ire of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC).

“For Rep. Gohmert to twist and warp the legacy of César Chávez is offensive, shameful and beyond the pale of normal logic,” then-Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamHere are 16 places celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time this year New Mexico releases plan to provide free college to all state residents: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE (D-N.M.), the chair of the caucus at the time, said. 

“Congressman Gohmert has done everything he can to attack the true legacy of César Chávez to weaken unions, undermine labor protections for workers, and derail immigration reform efforts that honor the dignity and contributions of workers and their families.” 

The CHC did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill regarding Gosar’s new bill.