Anyone Remember California Proposition 187 (1994)?
California Proposition 187 (also known as the Save Our State (SOS) initiative) was a 1994 ballot initiative to establish a state-run citizenship screening system and prohibit illegal aliens from using health care, public education, and other social services in the U.S. State of California.
Voters passed the proposed law as a referendum in November 1994; it was
the first time that a state had passed legislation related to immigration, customarily an issue for federal policies and programs. The law was challenged in a legal suit and found unconstitutional by a federal court. In 1999, Governor Gray Davis halted state appeals against the ruling.
Passage of Proposition 187 reflected state residents' concerns about
illegal immigration into the United States and the large Hispanic
population in California. Opponents believed the law was discriminatory
against immigrants of Hispanic or Asian origin; supporters generally
insisted that their concerns were economic: that the state could not
afford to provide social services for so many illegal residents.
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