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.
January 14, 1999 |
Gov. Gray Davis, in one of several early attempts to reverse his Republican predecessor's policies, wants the state to spend $60 million on prenatal care for poor pregnant women who are illegal immigrants--money that former Gov. Pete Wilson repeatedly fought to cut from California's budget. Davis' budget plan for the next fiscal year would continue to allocate about $60 million for the prenatal services--expenditures that Wilson was battling in court.
August 14, 1998 |
In yet another blow to Gov. Pete Wilson's efforts to restrict health benefits for noncitizens, a state appeals court has blocked California from cutting off subsidized emergency care and prenatal services to thousands of immigrants--both legal and illegal--who entered the country with short-term visas.
March 26, 1997 |
Departing from his tough talk on the campaign trail, Gov. Pete Wilson sought compassion for some of California's most needy illegal immigrants Tuesday by asking the state to continue spending millions of dollars for their care. State officials acknowledged that some of the exemptions Wilson sought might violate Proposition 187, the 1994 ballot measure he vigorously championed to cut benefits for illegal immigrants.
November 27, 1996 |
A Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday preventing Gov. Pete Wilson from cutting off prenatal care next month for illegal immigrants. Wilson, declaring an emergency situation, had planned imminent implementation of a new federal welfare law that eliminates such benefits. But Judge William Cahill held that Wilson cannot proceed under an emergency regulation because state officials have failed to show that an emergency exists.