Proposed measure to deny services to illegal immigrants raises fears of divisive racial politics.
“Fears”? I think not. No fear involved here. Just reality This new attempt at slapping down Latinos is racist, pure and simple. It is clearly meant to be divisive; angry fearful middle aged white men railing against a world they no longer understand or control.
Organizers who a decade ago wrote Proposition 187 Ã¢â‚¬” a landmark ballot measure that divided California Ã¢â‚¬” are now gathering signatures for a new initiative that again would attempt to prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving a broad array of public services
Like 187, the new proposal would require providers of public health and other services to verify applicants’ legal residence status. It would also:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Make it a misdemeanor for state and local officials Ã¢â‚¬” such as police officers Ã¢â‚¬” not to report immigration law violations to federal authorities.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Require the state to verify the legal residence status of applicants for driver’s licenses.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Prohibit the state from accepting foreign-issued identification cards, such as Mexico’s widely used matricula consular, a fingerprinted photo card.