September 14, 1999 |
The long court fight over Proposition 187, which sought to bar illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits and services, was ended Monday by the federal judge who first found most of the initiative unconstitutional in 1994. U.S. District Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer approved a July agreement between the state and civil rights groups to drop remaining challenges to her rulings that Proposition 187 violated the U.S. Constitution.
April 19, 1999 |
Call Gov. Gray Davis a wimp. Say he's indecisive and gutless. Characterize his action on Proposition 187 as a gimmick. Go ahead, you'll have lots of company. Myself, I think Davis made the only move he realistically could have. It probably will turn out to be good politics and also good public policy. Indeed, he did a favor for Latino leaders and liberals--Prop. 187's hard-core opponents--although many have been moaning about his surprise decision to seek court mediation of the case.
April 16, 1999 |
Gov. Gray Davis, striving to mollify all sides in one of California's most gut-wrenching debates, announced Thursday that he will ask a federal appeals court to resolve Proposition 187's constitutional issues through closed-door mediation. The governor said he is not surrendering his authority to appeal the controversial measure to end government aid to illegal immigrants--which was found to be largely unconstitutional by a federal judge in Los Angeles last year.
November 2, 1996 |
A federal judge ruled Friday that California can use the nation's new welfare law to implement cuts in aid to illegal immigrants that she had banned in a 1994 order against Proposition 187. In a nine-page ruling, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer in Los Angeles said that her 1994 injunction does not stop Gov. Pete Wilson from using provisions of the new federal welfare law to cut prenatal care for about 70,000 pregnant women who are undocumented immigrants.
October 11, 1996 |
New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said he will sue the federal government today to challenge the constitutionality of U.S. immigration and welfare reforms targeting illegal immigrants. In a speech Thursday night at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, Giuliani said the immigration and welfare reforms recently passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton were "inherently unfair . . . and totally inconsistent with why America has become as great a place as it is."
July 19, 1995 |
In another attempt to dam the flow of federal benefits to illegal immigrants, a California congressman will move this week to cut off all but emergency medical assistance to undocumented residents with a strategy that mirrors California's Proposition 187. The amendment by Rep. Frank Riggs (R-Windsor) seeks to cut off all federal money to illegal immigrants for Medicare, Social Security, college assistance, community health centers and scores of other federal programs.