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President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Democratic National Committee President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Democratic National Committee's Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton Feb. 28, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)  

Obama to whitewash immigration opponent Cesar Chavez

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

President Barack Obama has set aside 30 minutes Wednesday to showcase a new movie about Cesar Chavez, who is being portrayed by Democrats as an advocate for immigrants, even though he successfully minimized the employment of foreign migrant laborers.

Chavez campaigned against the hiring of Mexican migrant workers. He described them as strikebreakers who would cross a union picket line, and he eventually boosted farmworkers’ salaries in the 1960s and 1970s by minimizing the use of migrant labor.

Chavez died in 1993, just the Democratic Party began to gain votes in California and Texas from millions of illegal immigrants who were amnestied in 1986.

Obama will host the movie showing at 2:25 p.m., and will make a short speech which will be covered by pool reporters. The Daily Caller will not be able to ask him a question.

Obama will likely use the movie to whitewash Chavez’s role as an advocate for American workers, and also to tout his own 2014 push for “comprehensive immigration reform.” The Senate immigration bill supported by Obama would double the inflow of immigrants and guest workers seeking to compete for jobs now held by Americans, including American farm laborers.

“As long as we have a poor country bordering California, it is going to be very difficult to win strikes,” Chavez told a KQED TV interviewer in 1972.

At the time, Chavez was also managing a strike against an oil and gas company. “We’ve closed them down, they’ve been unable to get strikebreakers, or gotten very few, then all of a sudden, yesterday morning, they brought in 220 wetbacks,” he told the interviewer.

“These are the illegals from Mexico,” said Chavez, an Arizona-born American who helped create the National Farm Workers Association, now known as the United Farmworkers Union.

“There’s no way to defend against that strikebreaking,” he continued. “So the only way to win strikes is taking our fight to the citizens, to the people in the cities, and have them help us boycott those products that we’re striking,” he said in largely unaccented English.