California Immigration Status Investigations (2012)
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will not appear on a ballot
However, its sponsors did not submit signatures to election officials by their April 21, 2011 deadline and, as a result, the measure will not appear on the ballot
Initiative 10-0023, if it had qualified for the ballot and been approved by the state's voters, would have required California's law enforcement officers to investigate the legal status of people they suspected were "in the country illegally".
Initiative 10-0023 was drafted by Michael Erickson. It was inspired by Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 but without some of the clauses that led a federal court in Arizona to put a stay on enforcement. Erickson was once a member of the Republican Party of California's executive committee.
Text of measure
- "Requires all highway patrol, police, sheriffs and other sworn officers to investigate immigration status when they are reasonably suspicious that a person stopped is in the country illegally. Authorizes legal residents to sue any official or agency that adopts or implements policies that limit immigration enforcement, and specifies a $5,000 per day fine and attorneys' fees for violations."
Summary of estimated fiscal impact:
(This is a summary of the initiative's estimated "fiscal impact on state and local government" prepared by the California Legislative Analyst's Office and the Director of Finance.)
- "Potentially significant cost savings in services provided to undocumented immigrants by state and local governments and reductions in state and local revenue to the extent this measure reduces the number of undocumented immigrants in the state. The net impact of this factor is unknown. Increased costs to the state and local criminal justice system, potentially exceeding tens of millions of dollars annually, from the arrest, prosecution, and detention of violators of the provisions of the measure."
Path to the ballot
As a proposed initiated state statute, supporters of the Immigration Status Investigations initiative would have had to collect 433,971 valid signatures. The circulation deadline was April 21, 2011.
- Southern California Public Radio, "California authorizes signature drive for ballot initiative based on Arizona’s immigration law", November 23, 2010
- San Diego Union Tribune, "California GOP at the crossroads", December 16, 2010
- The Packer, "Arizona-style immigration law could hit California ballot", January 4, 2011