California May Consider Amnesty Program
Democratic lawmaker hopes to get measure on the ballot
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2011 12:20 PM CST
An immigrant woman marches to demand legalization for all immigrants in Los Angeles on May 1, 2011.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – The debate over offering amnesty to illegal immigrants might soon be a ballot issue in California. Democratic lawmaker Felipe Fuentes formally introduced a measure yesterday that would allow about 1 million undocumented immigrants in California to live and work there without worrying about getting deported, reports McClatchy Newspapers. Fuentes filed the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act with state attorney general's office, the first step toward collecting the 500,000 signatures it would need to get on the ballot.

"I hope this shows Washington, DC, that if they fail to act, California will take the lead on this critical issue," said Fuentes. A Republican opponent predicted it would fail: "It essentially asks the federal government not to enforce the law." Even if voters eventually approved the measure, it's not clear whether federal authorities would agree to give the workers a free pass just because the state asked. A similar conundrum is taking place in the state over medical marijuana.

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Dec 5, 2011 9:22 AM CST
I hope this happens. California can then become a shining example of a basketcase state that went from really broke to super broke. You think illegals cost a lot of money now, wait 'til amnesty kicks in. This should help suck a lot of illegals from all the states aboard the California amnesty train. Wooooo Woooo All Aboard!
Dec 4, 2011 10:00 AM CST
Let me get this straight: Illegal immigrants come into our country, break our laws, mooch off of our public welfare system and then EXPECT to be granted amnesty? They demand it. Try this kind of crap in any other country and see what happens.
Dec 4, 2011 4:29 AM CST
i really don't see why mexicans should get more opportunities in america over the many immigrants who come from other countries like the philippines or those in africa. if we're truly a melting pot of equal opportunity, we should close our borders along mexico to make room for others from other countries who deserve a chance.