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Live, Radio Call-In Special: 25 Years After Prop. 187

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Pro Prop. 187 demonstrator Catherine Nicosia, 74, left, tries to take signs o...

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Above: Pro Prop. 187 demonstrator Catherine Nicosia, 74, left, tries to take signs of anti Prop 187 protesters during a rally outside the Federal Building, in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 10, 1996.

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The debate over illegal immigration in California reached a boiling point 25 years ago. The clash was crystallized in the battle over Proposition 187, a ballot measure that sought to bar the state’s undocumented population from accessing public benefits, among other things. Billions in taxpayer money, proponents argued, would be saved by 187. Opponents called it “anti-immigrant.”

California voters approved the measure in November 1994, but a court ruling blocked it from going into effect. Still, it left a mark.

We want to know what you think: How did Prop. 187 change state politics? How significant was its impact? And how did it change the lives of Californians?

KPCC’s Larry Mantle hosts an 11 a.m.-12 p.m. statewide call-in show with NPR affiliates Capital Public Radio in Sacramento, Valley Public Radio in the Central Valley, and KPBS to explore these questions and more.

RELATED: How Proposition 187 Transformed California


  • Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (@MariaEDurazo), Democratic California State Senator representing Senate District 24, which includes the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Boyle Heights, Highland Park and Los Feliz;
  • Fernando Guerra, professor of political science and Chicana/o Latina/o studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles;
  • Mike Madrid (@madrid_mike), Republican strategist and partner with the California-based political consulting firm, GrassrootsLab;
  • Gloria Molina, former California state assemblywoman serving the 56th district, which includes the Imperial Valley and parts of the Coachella Valley, former Los Angeles city councilwoman, former member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors; first Chicana elected to the California State Assembly;
  • Sean Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco, former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, former White House staff member for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

RELATED: San Diego: What Do You Remember About The Fight Over Prop. 187?


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