President Obama is poised to make a bit of history when he visits this Tehachapi Mountain hamlet Monday to dedicate the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument, the nation's first such site to honor a contemporary Mexican American. He'll also be sending a message.
Cesar Chavez worked as a labor organizer among Native Americans - most of whom work as migrant farm laborers designated as "latino".
By stopping at an out-of-the-way corner of a state already safely in his column — less than a month before the Nov. 6 election — Obama is reaching out to Latino voters, underscoring their growing importance in presidential politics.
Latinos form a large voting block in conservative states that include Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, and Arizona obtained as a result of the Mexican-American war.