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In 1994 Californians passed Proposition 187 also known as the Save Our State initiative Fifty-nine percent of California voters passed Proposition 187 The proposition called for denying illegal immigrants public social services publicly-funded health care services unless emergency under federal law and public school education at elementary secondary and post-secondary levels The proposition also called for various state and local agencies to report persons that were suspected illegal immigrants to the California Attorney General and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service The California Attorney General would have been required to transmit reports to the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service and maintain records of such reports The proposition also made it a felony to manufacture distribute sell or use false citizenship or residence documents Californians who favored the proposition believed that their states economic problems were largely due to the amount of illegal immigrants that have come to California from Mexico Californians also blamed illegal immigration for the increase in medical costs as well as the lower standards of education Those who favored Proposition 187 claimed that the illegal immigration invasion would ultimately save our state Many believe that welfare medical care and educational benefits are what attracts illegal immigrants to California and the United States Proponents claim that because these magnets draw illegal immigrants to the state access to such services should be cut-off They also claimed that opposition to the initiative is funded mainly by special interests which reap the benefits of providing services to illegal immigrants such as public unions and medical clinics Proponents also believed that the federal government had been derelict in controlling the borders so that responsibility fell upon the state itself to send a strong message that California will no longer tolerate the abandonment of the duty of our politiciansOpponents to Proposition 187 believed that the question is whether or not to provide public services to illegal immigrants but rather what would be done to beef up
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