Maybe she’s right, but it seems pretty silly to invoke Chavez to support amnesty on the grounds that he might have decided to change his views.
Chavez was not alone among labor leaders opposing massive immigration. T Samuel Gompers, founder of the American Federation of Labor argued that “America is for Americans alone” and that “those who favor unrestricted immigration care nothing for the people. They are simply desirous of flooding the country with unskilled as well as skilled labor of other lands for the purpose of breaking down American standards.”
Today almost every single labor union and Hispanic group supports amnesty for illegal immigrants. What has changed? Certainly not the fact that illegal immigrants directly compete for jobs against Hispanic Americans and other working class citizens. Rather, the unions and ethnic lobbies are more concerned about helping elect more Democratic politicians elected and increasing their own membership rather than fighting for the interests of their constituents.