Thursday, November 09, 2006

Anti immigrant campaigns in Arizona

[JURIST] Arizona voters Tuesday overwhelmingly passed four measures directed against illegal immigration, approving each one by about a three-to-one margin across the state. If not overruled by the courts, Proposition 100 [text, PDF] will deny bail for illegal immigrants under certain conditions; Proposition 102 [text, PDF] will prohibit illegals from receiving punitive damages in civil suits; and Proposition 300 [text, PDF] will prevent illegals from using state funds for child care and education, including disallowing them to claim in-state tuition at college and universities. Proposition 103 [text, PDF] will establish English as the official state language. In 1988, Arizona voters passed a similar measure, but it was later overruled by the Arizona Supreme Court [text, PDF] and the US Supreme Court [text]. The Arizona Secretary of State [official website] posted the following results Wednesday afternoon:

AZ Prop 100
Yes: 890,021 - 77.8 percent
No: 253,472 - 22.2 percent

AZ Prop 102
Yes: 840,582 - 74.4 percent
No: 289,462 - 25.6 percent

AZ Prop 300
Yes: 809, 658 - 71.7 percent
No: 320,296 - 28.3 percent

AZ Prop 103
Yes: 849,772 - 74.2 percent
No: 295,632 - 25.8 percent

California's Prop. 187 continues to provide a direction for anti immigrant campaigns.

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