Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released this statement after the County Board of Supervisors passed her motion to commemorate the 25th anniversary of a federal court blocking Proposition 187, which halted the measure that would have barred undocumented immigrants from receiving publicly funded education, social services, and health care from taking effect:
“The campaign for Proposition 187, followed by its subsequent passage, was a wake-up call for Latinos and all immigrants throughout the state of California who were scapegoated and attacked through unscrupulous political tactics. Proposition 187 was a harsh anti-immigrant initiative that sought to deny undocumented immigrants access to health care, social services, and education, and it would have required teachers and health care professionals to verify and report the immigration status of individuals seeking these services. Police officers would also have been charged with determining the legal status of any individual they arrested.
The political campaign behind Proposition 187 was ugly: it played on fears and misconceptions by perpetuating stereotypes that sought to divide an electorate that was already uncomfortable with the state’s changing demographics. The passage of Proposition 187 galvanized our immigrant communities by encouraging many people to register to vote and participate in the political process in the decades that followed. Ultimately, this mean-spirited ballot initiative was soundly defeated in a federal court when it was declared unconstitutional, which is reason enough to celebrate the fact that it was never enforced—and that state-sanctioned hate was halted in its tracks. We came through that experience all the more united and better prepared to endure the challenges that we still face today. Proposition 187’s legacy is one of discovering our strength in our unity and our diversity. Because of Proposition 187, we are better able to rise up and challenge today’s divisive political rhetoric.”
Today’s action marks the 46th immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to create sensitive locations throughout the County, a $3 million dollar contribution to the LA Justice Fund, and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.
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