Illegal immigration targeted by trio
October 20, 2011
Three conservative Republican activists are backing a two-pronged initiative proposal intended to stem illegal immigration in California.
The proposal for Nov. 2012 would impose limits on financial assistance and Medi-Cal participation, and require the state’s law enforcement agencies to work more efficiently with federal immigration authorities.
Filing the proposal with the state’s attorney general Monday were former state GOP chairman Tirso Del Junco, Ted Hilton of San Diego and Bill Siler of Concord. Siler and Hilton sponsored a similar plan in 2009 but failed to gather enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot.
If eventually approved by voters, the proposal would deny to undocumented immigrants public financial assistance. It also would block issuance of drivers’’s license, and require fingerprinting for tax-funded pregnancy services.
Individuals determined to have an “immigration detainer” would be transferred to federal authorities under provisions of the plan.