20 Years After Prop 187's Demise, OC's Anti-Immigrant Hysteria Goes National
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
A federal judge delivered the fatal blows 20 years ago today to California's Proposition 187, the notorious anti-immigrant initiative that partially festered out of Orange County. Prior to Judge Mariana Pfaelzer striking the ballot measure down as unconstitutional, the state became an immigration battleground during the 1994 election long before any Trumpbro ever chanted "Build the wall!" Ron Prince, an OC accountant at the time, co-authored Prop. 187 with hopes of stripping every immigrant without papers from accessing basic services like public education while tasking social servants—teachers, police officers, social workers—with turning in suspected "illegals."
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