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Prop 187: Illegal immigration measure struck cord 20 years ago




A volunteer from the Minuteman Project stands near an American flag placed in the barbed wire fence which divides the U.S./Mexican border April 4, 2005 near Noco, Sonora Mexico. More than a thousand volunteers from the Minuteman Project are expected to fan out across a 23 mile stretch of the Arizona border to search for Illegal aliens who are making the trek into the United States from Mexico during April.
A volunteer from the Minuteman Project stands near an American flag placed in the barbed wire fence which divides the U.S./Mexican border April 4, 2005 near Noco, Sonora Mexico. More than a thousand volunteers from the Minuteman Project are expected to fan out across a 23 mile stretch of the Arizona border to search for Illegal aliens who are making the trek into the United States from Mexico during April.
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Tuesday is Election Day, and next week also marks the 20th anniversary of a ballot measure that left a profound mark on California.

In 1994 voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 187. It was a kind of citizens' revolt over illegal immigration. To understand why Prop. 187 struck such a cord 20 years ago, you have to know what was happening in California back then. Scott Shafer for the California Report has more.