A top House Republican blasted President Obama for what he said was an attempt to score political points with Hispanic voters by designating a national monument to honor civil rights activist César Chávez.

Chavez is arguably the nation’s most recognized Hispanic civil rights activist, who rose to fame through non-violent tactics. A son of immigrant migrant workers, he founded what later became the United Farm Workers. That group helped bring Hispanics into the organized labor movement by expanding rights to field workers, an occupation that employs a considerable amount of Hispanics.

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