Jesse Diaz, an organizer of day laborers in Pomona, attacked union, church and immigrant-advocate leaders. He criticized them for what he called compromising the movement’s principles by signaling support for certain proposals moving around the Senate, and for staying in hotels while in Washington and not at friends’ houses like he does. Diaz, also a graduate student at UC Riverside, is a controversial figure in the still-nascent immigrant-rights movement for his hard-line positions and tactics. Diaz backtracked on Tuesday and said that his comments were taken out of context.
“It’s more like a cleavage, not a division. We’re still on the same path,” he said.