Past Features

September 21, 2015

Associated Press -- September 20, 2015   
California GOP softens immigration stance
    Los Angeles -- The California Republican Party voted Sunday to soften its stance on immigration, seeking to appeal to the state's growing Latino population and distance itself from the harsh rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump.
    The changes approved Sunday say Republicans "hold diverse views" on "what to do with the millions of people who are currently here illegally," the Los Angeles Times reported.
    Although the new language emphasizes opposition to "amnesty," it removes the statement that "allowing illegal immigrants to remain in California undermines respect for the law," according to the newspaper.
    The changes were proposed by a Latino party official from Fresno, Marcelino Valdez, in reaction to what he called Trump's "offensive" comments about immigrants.
    It's important to use "language that is more appealing to California's diverse electorate," Valdez said.
    In a statement after the vote, he called it "an anti-Proposition 187 plank," referring to the controversial 1994 ballot measure that would have prevented immigrants in the country illegally from receiving public services. It was invalidated by federal courts, but not before it helped drive Latinos away from the Republican Party.

Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol
Proposition 187 -- A Time For Debate
    In 1994 the people of California passed Proposition 187, a measure aimed at stopping the use of taxpayer money for illegal aliens. As stated in Wikipedia: "The law was challenged in a legal suit and found unconstitutional by a federal district court. In 1999, Governor Gray Davis halted state appeals of this ruling.”
    That's right, Proposition 187 was not stopped by the courts --- it was stopped by Governor Gray Davis who illegally stopped it from reaching the U.S. Supreme Court.
    Had the GOP challenged this act, Proposition 187 might have reached the Supreme Court and Plyler v Doe could well have been reversed --- and this might have ended illegal immigration in California.
    Gray Davis was recalled, but Arnold Schwartzenegger passed on the opportunity to send 187 to the Supreme Court.
    Even today, it may be possible to challenge the law passed by Gov. Brown that removed the language of 187 from the books of California.
    The story of Proposition 187 is a sordid tale of illegal interference with the will of the people. It is time that this story was told - and what better place than in the presidential debates?
    Gov. Davis thwarted the will of the people. In the next presidential election the will of the people cannot be overturned by such evil-doers.