Brown's Final Nail In Prop. 187 Is Really A Blow To California's Voters
Immigration: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a repeal of 1994’s overturned Prop. 187, calling it a law that “has no place on the state’s books.” What do you call a man who claims voters’ choices have no place in government?
In most places out there, the name would be “tyrant,” even if the word seems a bit fancy for the increasingly unpopular Gov. Brown.
Because the hard fact remains that in 1994, millions of California’s voters, by a margin of 59% to 41%, voted in favor of denying “free” welfare, education and other benefits to illegal immigrants on the clear logic that a burglar who breaks into someone else’s home doesn’t have the right to eat the owner’s food.
It was a legitimate decision for a people to make, given that in any democratic system, the participants have the right to control the purse.
But Brown’s statements and those of his political allies, including those in the press, suggest an imperial contempt for the will of California’s voters. After all, there was no need to sign a bill, given that a single judge had effectively overturned the will of the voters and subsequent governors failed to appeal, letting it die.
Meanwhile, the desire on the left to besmirch the will of the voters as Jim Crow racism has continued.
As the law’s sponsor, state Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Democrat from Los Angeles, told the L.A. Times, Brown’s signing of state Senate Bill 396 “closes a dark chapter in our state’s history and brings dignity and respect to the national immigration debate.”
The Times, in an Aug. 21 news story no less, reported that “supporters of the effort to strip Proposition 187 from state books said that (the new bill) would help cleanse California of the last stains of a law that inflamed anti-immigrant sentiment.”
Last stains? With rabid rhetoric like this, it’s no surprise that the intentional destruction of the will of California’s voters by a single left-wing judge have left the state a one-party shambles.
The left claims the GOP has never recovered politically from Proposition 187, citing the fact that California has been a one-party state (with all the dysfunction, corruption, unaccountability and fiscal incontinence that any system with no checks or balances has) ever since.
What’s happened, in fact, is that California has become a mecca for illegal immigration, as Gov. Pete Wilson, who championed Proposition 187, said.
One quarter of the nation’s 11 million illegals are believed to now reside in the Golden State, with that lawlessness spreading in multiple areas.
This month, the feds rounded up nearly $100 million in Mexican illegal cartel cash from 70 Los Angeles garment district collaborators, calling it “the epicenter” of money laundering in the Western Hemisphere. That’s some foreign investment you’ve attracted, governor.
More to the point, when California’s voters passed Proposition 187 in 1994, illegal immigrants numbered just 1.3 million in California, with 308,000 of them children, costing taxpayers $3 billion, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Today that figure is 3 million illegals, including 1.1 million children, at a cost to taxpayers of $25.3 billion a year, FAIR says, a $2,370 yearly cost per household.
Census data released Tuesday show that more than 1-in-7 California children live in poverty, according to the California Budget Project.
It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that a large number of those children are illegals, given that FAIR reports in its breakdown of costs that illegals cost California taxpayers $792 million in welfare and $4 billion in health care, including $388 million to pay for anchor babies, children produced for citizenship purposes.
Even with figures like this, it’s significant that nationally two-thirds of voters disapprove of the president’s handling of illegal immigration, according to a Politico poll. And a Univision poll showed that even Latino voters want border enforcement over amnesty.
None of that halts Brown’s and his allies’ disdain for the will of the voters, or their attempt to rejigger the “narrative” to a question of racism and “dark chapters.” For them and other so-called progressives, if there’s a problem with the vote, just change the voters.