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American Outcasts: Restricting Rights For Illegal Immigrants
Last Featured: 10/9/1999

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This edition of Justice Talking tackles the thorny issue of illegal immigration by examining California’s Proposition 187, passed by nearly 60% of the state’s voters in 1994. The measure cut off state services, such as public education and non-emergency health care, to undocumented immigrants. In addition, it required all state service providers, including teachers and police officers, to report any suspected illegal immigrants to the Immigration and Naturalization Service. The initiative was immediately challenged in court by civil rights and immigrant rights groups and a lower federal court ruled the measure unconstitutional and the appeal was recently ended by California’s new Governor.

Marisa J. Demeo is the Regional Counsel of Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund's (MALDEF) D.C. office, where she advocates for Latino civil rights in the areas of immigration, education, political access, employment, and access to public funds. Prior to this, Ms. Demeo was a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she enforced federal civil rights laws related to employment discrimination against state and local governments. Ms. Demeo is a member of the New York Bar, the District of Columbia Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Hispanic National Bar Association; she also serves as Co-President of the Board for the Gay and Lesbian Attorneys of Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar.

Dan Stein has been the executive director of the Washington-based Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) since 1988. He has worked for nearly 15 years in the field of immigration law and law reform, including his prior position as Executive Director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute, a public interest litigation group. He also has private practice experience in real estate, federal agency litigation, criminal law, and tax-exempt corporate law. Mr. Stein is the author of many articles on immigration published both in scholarly journals and in the popular press. He has appeared in Congress on behalf of FAIR and made presentations about immigration reform at organizations across the country. Mr. Stein is a graduate of Indiana University and of Catholic University School of Law.

Closing Quote
"One thing is plain for all men of common sense and common conscience that here, here in America, is the home of man. After all the deductions which are to be made of for our pitiful politics, after all the deduction is made for our frivolities and insanities, there still remains an organic simplicity and liberty, which when it loses its balance, redresses itself presently, which offers opportunity to the human mind not known in any other region."

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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National Imigration Law Center, Immigrants' Rights Manual
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