Immigrants Rights

Immigrants' Rights: 1994

Federal government begins "Operation Gatekeeper," adding to the infrastructure at the U.S. – Mexico border, including a 30-mile fence, stadium lighting, infrared night scopes, high-powered vehicles, and helicopters. The program results in moving the flow of migrants from the populated San Diego area to more dangerous inland border crossings, contributing to the deaths of thousands of migrants.

Voters pass Proposition 187, which requires state workers to deny services to anyone they know or "reasonably suspect" to be an undocumented alien. In response to lawsuits against the initiative, federal and state judges issue preliminary injunctions barring implementation. The law never goes into effect because Governor Gray Davis, does not pursue the state's defense of the law.


Immigrants' Rights: 1998

Voters pass Proposition 227 outlawing bilingual education.

Immigrants' Rights: 2001

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, the federal government institutes round-up, questioning, and surveillance programs targeting Arab, South Asian, and Middle Eastern immigrant communities.

Immigrants' Rights: 2006

Massive immigrants’ rights marches in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Federal government launches “Operation Return to Sender.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers raid workplaces and immigrant neighborhoods. Because the program’s scope is broad, U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents are interrogated, threatened and detained.

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