Initiative could allow one million illegal immigrants to avoid deportation
December 5, 2011
A California ballot initiative proposed for next fall would allow nearly one million undocumented immigrants to live and work openly with little or no fear of deportation.
The California Opportunity and Prosperity Act would allow qualifying illegal immigrants to get tax identification numbers. The initiative also directs state officials to ask the federal government to forgo apprehension, detention and exportation of qualifying persons, their spouses, and their dependents.
Supporters contend the measure could generate $325 million in new tax revenue.
To qualify for protection under the initiative, undocumented immigrants are required to have lived in California for a minimum of four years, have no felony convictions, and speak or be learning to speak English.
Democratic Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes proposed the initiative which was approved for signature-gathering last week.
To qualify for the November 2012 ballot, supporters of the initiative need to collect 504,760 signatures by April 16, according to the California Secretary of State.