The Tiger (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 3, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 4, 1995 Page: 1 of 12
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Editor's Note: The debate about the equitability and/or need for Proposition 187 rocked communitites from Los Angeles to San Antonio,
two of America's cities with the largest population ofillegal immigrants. Manyfear that if such a law was passed in an urban area as diverse
as Los Angeles, it will certainly find its way into the voting booths in and around San Antonio.
During a stiff meeting recently, we were discussing the issue and it seemed like an excellent opportunity to give two of our staff members
an chance to argue “pro” and “con” on an issue that seems to leave little roomfor non-committal. So, with a stroke of the pen, both students
were asked to write a convincing arguement (using the same facts) that contradicted how they felt, just for the practice of "seeing how the
other side reasoned."
I am extremely proud of these two fine writers; this assignment was difficult, to say the least, but I think that the effort put forth comes forth.
Why Proposition 187
By Andy Rodriguez
The denial of health care, education,
and social services to illegal aliens, as
outlined by Proposition 187 (California),
is an effective way to reduce and or elimi-
nate the flow of aliens into this country.
The basic law that is outlined by Proposi-
tion 187 is, any and all persons involved
with suspected aliens are required to notify
the proper authorities, such as the Attorney
General (of California), the immigration
and Naturalization Service, and “any other
public entity that requests the informa-
tion.”Ofthe population of the U.S. in 1992
(255,082,000), 1.3% of them were un-
documented residents. The population has
since grown and so has the population of
illegal aliens. To be able to flourish and to
stay among the leaders of this world, this
country needs to keep its residents legal. It
needs to adopt a law like Proposition 187.
General healthcare, except that of emer-
gency and childbirth, will be limited to
legal citizens of the United States. This
section (6) ofProposition 187 was authored
in an attempt to protect against the mi sues
of hinds and to reduce the number of
unpaid bills left by undocumented indi-
viduals. It also gives a better ratio of health
care workers to legal patients. Provisions
like these may lead to a general uplift of
attitudes towards today’s health care fa-
cilities and policies.
Exclusion of aliens from elementary
schools, secondary schools, and
postsecondary schools is also a measure
that is outlined in Proposition 187. State-
funded elementary and secondary schools
that currently teach undocumented stu-
dents are wasting time and money which is
provided for students who have a right as
legal citizens to be educated. Postsecondary
schools which allow aliens to attend are
ignoring the needs of the legal students.
The Federal government forbids illegals to
receive financial aid, however, illegal aliens
still attend some colleges, cluttering up
classes and cutting offleaming time, some-
what, to students that have a right to be in
“Only United States citizens, perma-
nent residents, temporarily admitted
individuals shall receive public social ser-
vices.” This summary of section five of
Proposition 187 will serve to eliminate
some of the misuse of federal funds. Funds
that can help needy legal families. Fami-
lies whose right it is to receive federal aid.
Adoption of Proposition 187 can and
will change this country’s outlook on al-
lowing aliens into it It will provide for a
healthy economy in which deficit-reduc-
tion plans might actually reduce the deficit
Why Proposition 187
is Not Needed
By Michelle Carson
Proposition 187 denies basic human
rights to “suspected” illegal immigrants.
Three of these rights are: Medical Care,
Education, and Social Services. Docu-
mented figures from the INS Census
Bureau and the Congressional Hispanic
Caucus show that only 1.3% of the total
U.S. population is illegal orundocumented
individuals. 1.3% of 255,082.000 people
hardly seems justification to establish such
adiscriminativelaw against illegal, prima-
rily Hispanic Immigrants.
Denial of Medical care. Only emer-
gency care will be provided UNLESS the
patient is suspected of being in violation of
citizenship law violation. If the patient is
suspect, the health care provider can deny
them that care and must report them to the
proper law enforcement officials. Denial
of emergency care is in violation of a law
passed in 1987 by Congress thatno person
shall be denied emergency medical care.
Theexclusionofillegal immigrants from
Elementary, Secondary and Public Post
Secondary institutions. As of January 1,
1995 all students and their parents must be
verified as legal citizens of this country. If
no verification is found, the student and the
parents will be reported to the proper offi-
cials and deported to theirnation of origin.
All individuals living in this country have
the inherent right to a free education. This
section of 187 violates this right and vio-
lates student privacy acts. This section is a
violation of Supreme Court rulings on the
subject of education.
Section 5 ofProposition 187 states that
“only U.S. citizens, permanent residents
and temporarily admitted individuals shall
receive public social services.” Denial of
these services can open the door for crime
and even homelessness. Individuals with
no income will turn to alternative sources
to have money and food. This can lead to
more criminal activity in U.S. streets.
Proposition 187 has several negative
points and has been sued by MALDEF for
its violation of several civil rights laws,
including The Supremacy Clause of the
United States Constitution which specifi-
cally gives the power to regulate
immigration to the Congress, not to the
states. It also violates due process law
because it denies services on the basis of
suspicion—with no court trial. This viola-
tion is also a direct violation of the 14th
Ammendment of the Bill of Rights our
founding fathers fought so hard to achieve.
Denial of education is another violation of
due process and a violation of privacy—
with both the Fourteen and Fifth
Ammendments being ultimatly violated.
Seventh Annual Residency
Between April 4 and 8, the San Antonio
Symphony will leave its home in the Ma-
jestic Theatre for a week-long residency in
the Fme Arts Center at St. Philip’s College.
This Seventh Annual St. Philip’s Resi-
dency, ajoint project of the Symphony and
the College, encourages interaction be-
tween Symphony musicians and other
members of the community—particularly
St. Philip’s students—through free con-
certs and open rehearsals.
David Mairs, the Symphony’s Resident
Conductor, will lead three concerts. The
finale of the week is a concert by the lull
orchestra on Saturday evening, April 8,
featuring the Symphony’s Principal Flut-
ist, Tal Perkes. Admission to all concerts
is free, but reservations are required to
guarantee seating. Reservations may be
made on a first come-first served basis by
calling the St. Philip’s College Fine Arts
Department at (210) 531-4768 or by stop-
ping by Room207 in the Theatre/Fine Arts
REHEARSAL & CONCERT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 4
10:00 am -12:30 p.m. - Rehearsal
2:00 - 4:00 pm. - Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 5
Noon Concert - Chamber Orchestra "A"
2:30 - 5:00 pm. - Rehearsal
Thursday, April 6
10:00 am. -12:30 p.m. - Rehearsal
2:00 - 4:00 pm. - Rehearsal
Friday, April 7
Noon Concert - Chamber Orchestra "B"
2:30 - 4:30 pm. - Rehearsal
Saturday, April 8
10:00 am. -12:30 pm. - Rehearsal
8:00 pm. - Finale Conceit - Full Orchestra
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Evans, Glynis. The Tiger (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 41, No. 3, Ed. 1 Tuesday, April 4, 1995, newspaper, April 4, 1995; San Antonio, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth648627/m1/1/: accessed August 4, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting St. Philips College.