Bill Would Cut Prop. 187 Language About Undocumented Immigrants

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On Wednesday, a group of California lawmakers introduced a measure (SB 396) that would delete provisions of a ballot measure approved 20 years ago that aimed to withhold services -- such as education and health care programs -- from undocumented immigrants, the Los Angeles Times' "PolitiCal" reports (McGreevy, "PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 6/4).

Background

In 1994, California voters approved Proposition 187, which sought to establish a citizenship screening system that would exclude undocumented immigrants from state-run education and health care programs. California was the first state to pass legislation dealing with immigration, which was traditionally a federal issue. The new law was challenged in a lawsuit and found unconstitutional by a federal court.

The state gave up appealing the ruling in 1999 (Lauer, California Healthline, 2/20). However, the law remains on the books in California.

Details of SB 396

Under SB 396, by state Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), passages from Prop. 187 would be removed from California's education, health and safety, and welfare codes.

The bill is supported by California Latino Legislative Caucus Chair Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) and Assembly member Paul Fong (D-Cupertino), chair of the state's Asian and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus ("PolitiCal," Los Angeles Times, 6/4).

During a press conference, de León said the measure is "a very powerful gesture to all Californians that we will remove and completely erase this part of our troubled history with immigrants."

Meanwhile, lawmakers said they also are working on a ballot measure that would call for national immigration reforms, including a so-called "path to citizenship" for undocumented residents (Rosenhall, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 6/4).

Lan Simpson
Senor Lara et al.: Our only "troubled history with illegal immigrants (undocumenteds)" is the one YOUR ANCESTORS created over the last 100 years is they keep entering the country illegally and thus are criminals. It's much akin to blacks who keep wanting more and more free stuff because of what happened to their great-great-great-great-grandparents. Get over it. U.S. Citizens owe you absolutely NOTHING for free. Our Citizens are in the bottom half of people of in the world in terms of healthcare and education. One big reason why? We keep spending taxpayer dollars on undocumenteds rather than improving the lives, education and healthcare of our own citizens. Undocumented Mexicans should be deported to their home of birth. Let Mexico pay for their education, food, healthcare and housing. We cannot even afford to do so adequately for our true citizens. SB396 is a slap in the face of American citizens and should be voted down and/or vetoed.

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