November 19, 2019

Prop 187: Blue State, Red Country 

In 1994, a ballot measure aimed at targeting undocumented immigrants in California by denying families public services —from barring children from public schools to access to non-emergency public health care— was passed 59 percent to 41 percent, but never implemented. That was Proposition 187. Maria and Julio are joined by Gustavo Arellano, L.A. Times reporter and host of the “This Is California: The Battle of 187” podcast, and Gerardo Correa, president of the Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project, to discuss the experiences of living through Prop. 187 and the impact it had on breeding a new generation of Latino activists.    ITT Staff Picks: 

  • Check out The Battle of Prop 187 podcast, a collaboration between Futuro Studios and the Los Angeles Times, which explores how a ballot measure targeting immigrants changed California politics forever. 
  • Pete Wilson still defending Prop. 187 and fighting for a better place in history, Gustavo's latest with the Los Angeles Times
  • From The Sacramento Bee, an immigrant's take on how Prop. 187 motivated him to become an active voter.  For information regarding your data privacy, visit For information regarding your data privacy, visit  

See for privacy and opt-out information.