Immigrants' Rights: 1994

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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.