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#187 ILLEGAL ALIENS.  INELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC SERVICES.  VERIFICATION AND REPORTING.

by Nancy H. Martis, 1994, California Journal

http://www.calvoter.org/archive/94general/props/187.html

 

Arguments for [Proposition 187]: Mainly backed and funded by Republican interests, the primary proponent is Assemblyman Dick Mountjoy (R Monrovia). The measure was written by Alan Nelson, a former federal immigration commissioner under President Ronald Reagan, and Harold Ezell, western region commissioner of INS during same period. They claim Proposition 187 will end the "illegal alien

invasion" and ultimately "save our state." Because welfare, medical and educational benefits are the "magnets" that draw illegal immigrants to the state, proponents claim, access to such services should be cut off. They also claim that opposition to the measure is funded by special interests which reap the benefits of providing services to illegal immigrants, such as public unions and medical clinics. Proponents state that government has been derelict in controlling the borders, so it falls upon the state to "send a strong message that California will no longer tolerate the dereliction of the duty by our politicians."