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115th CONGRESS
  2d Session
H. RES. 791

  Expressing support for the designation of Cesar Chavez's birthday, 
               March 31, as National Border Control Day.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 20, 2018

 Mr. Gohmert submitted the following resolution; which was referred to 
                     the Committee on the Judiciary

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                               RESOLUTION


 
  Expressing support for the designation of Cesar Chavez's birthday, 
               March 31, as National Border Control Day.

Whereas Cesar Chavez was born on March 31, 1927, in Yuma, Arizona;
Whereas the Chavez family lost its home in the Great Depression and moved to 
        California when Cesar was 12;
Whereas Cesar Chavez left school at age 15 to work full time in the fields;
Whereas Cesar Chavez learned that, as biographer Miraim Pawel writes, ``a 
        surplus of labor enabled growers to treat workers as little more than 
        interchangeable parts, cheaper and easier to replace than machines'';
Whereas, in 1962, Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association, 
        which later became the United Farm Workers (UFW), to improve the wages 
        and working conditions for American farmworkers;
Whereas Cesar Chavez believed that preventing illegal immigration was an 
        essential prerequisite to improving the circumstances of American 
        farmworkers;
Whereas, in 1969, Cesar Chavez testified before Congress that ``We gave the 
        Immigration and Naturalization Services and the Border Patrol stacks and 
        stacks of information. They did not pull workers out of struck fields. . 
        . This is why we are forced to boycott: We have had no enforcement by 
        the Border Patrol'';
Whereas, in the mid-1970s, Cesar Chavez organized the UFW's ``Illegals 
        Campaign'' to identify and report illegal workers, saying that ``If we 
        can get the illegals out of California, we will win the strike 
        overnight.'';
Whereas, in 1974, as part of this campaign, Cesar Chavez sent a memo to UFW 
        officials announcing ``the beginning of a MASSIVE CAMPAIGN to get the 
        recent flood of illegals out of California'';
Whereas, in 1979, at a speech before the National Press Club in Washington, 
        D.C., Cesar Chavez demanded that the Federal Government enforce the 
        immigration laws and keep illegal aliens out of the country, adding 
        that, ``if my mother was breaking the strike and if she were illegal, 
        I'd ask the same thing.''; and
Whereas Cesar Chavez devoted his professional life to ensuring that efforts of 
        American workers to bargain for higher wages and better working 
        conditions were not undermined by illegal immigration: Now, therefore, 
        be it
    Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
            (1) supports the designation of National Border Control 
        Day;
            (2) expresses strong support for Cesar Chavez's efforts to 
        educate his fellow Americans about the harmful effects of 
        illegal immigration; and
            (3) encourages the people of the United States to observe 
        National Border Control Day with appropriate ceremonies and 
        activities.
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