California Immigration Reform Question (2014)
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- A path to citizenship for those who learn English, pass a background check and pay back taxes.
- Ordering the President to halt deportations of noncriminal mothers and fathers whose children were born in the United States, until a new immigration law is passed.
Text of measure
The proposed ballot question read as follows:
|“||Shall the Congress of the United States reform our immigration laws and immediately pass comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship to those immigrants who learn English, pass a background check, and pay back taxes, and shall the President of the United States halt the deportations of noncriminal mothers and fathers whose children were born in the United States, which separate families, until that new immigration law is passed?||”|
American Federation of Labor v. Eu
In 1984, the California Supreme Court ruled against placing initiated, but not legislatively referred, advisory questions on the ballot. The court wrote, "[A]n initiative which seeks to do something other than enact a statute - which seeks to render an administrative decision, adjudicate a dispute, or declare by resolution the views of the resolving body - is not within the initiative power reserved by the people." The ruling was prompted by a proposed citizen initiated advisory referendum designed to compel the state legislature to ask the federal government to adopt a balanced budget amendment.
Some commentators think the ruling applies to legislatively referred advisory referendums as well. Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee said the ruling applies "logically - and probably legally..."
|“|| The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The United States of America was founded on principles of freedom and opportunity, and on the tenet that all men and women are created equal.
Path to the ballot
The following was the history of Senate Bill 1402:
- California Legislature, "Senate Bill 1402," accessed July 28, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
<ref>tag; no text was provided for refs named
Cite error: Invalid
- Sacramento Bee, "Dan Walters: Democrats place pointless advisory measure on ballot, but why?," July 17, 2014
- California Legislature, "Senate Bill 1402 History," accessed July 28, 2014
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