Initiative in California would deny benefits to U.S. citizens

The Los Angeles Times criticizes those in California who are collecting signatures to create a ballot measure that would deny welfare benefits to 100,000 U.S. born children of immigrant parents.

The state’s illegal immigrants — 70% of them from Mexico — are usually the target of choice when times get tough here, and this year is no exception. … the campaign to qualify the sort of initiative the anti-immigration factions now propose will be a wretched affair. In the state that is home to America’s largest Latino population, such an effort to deprive mostly Mexican American children of their rights as U.S citizens is bound to engender understandable resentment and fear.

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