CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2000 |
Proponents of a new state initiative to deny illegal immigrants most public services abandoned their effort this week, saying they couldn't gather enough signatures to place the measure on the November ballot. Supporters blamed the development on lack of backing from California's GOP leaders and the long legal battle that eventually smothered the first such effort, Proposition 187. That proposition, approved by nearly 60% of the voters in 1994, died in July after Gov.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 1999 |
The Orange County grass-roots organization that launched the nation's most controversial attack on illegal immigration in 1994--polarizing California in the process--is pushing another statewide initiative in a bid to deny illegal immigrants most public services. Proposition 187, approved by 60% of California voters, barred the state from providing public services such as health care and education to illegal immigrants.
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.
August 5, 1999 |
Sponsors of Proposition 187 asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to allow enforcement of the voter-approved ban on education and public services for illegal immigrants because Gov. Gray Davis failed to defend it. Davis announced last week that he had settled a lawsuit by immigrant rights groups by agreeing to drop the state's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that declared most of Proposition 187 unconstitutional.
August 4, 1999 |
California Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa thanked President Ernesto Zedillo here Tuesday for helping defuse Proposition 187, saying the Mexican leader played a key role in scuttling the controversial state measure that denied benefits to illegal immigrants. "As leader of the state Assembly, I say President Zedillo had great impact in defeating Proposition 187," Villaraigosa told a news conference after he and a state delegation met the Mexican chief executive.
August 2, 1999 |
The days since Proposition 187 was laid to rest last week have passed in the slow, lazy rhythms of high summer with nothing moving much quicker than a trickle of condensation down a glass of iced tea. California, 1999, fat and happy in the glow of economic recovery, seems a far cry from the roiling, blood-boiling place that gave rise to Proposition 187 five years ago.