California Coalition for Immigration Reform


California Coalition for Immigration Reform

. It was founded in 1994 by Barbara Coe, a former police clerk who has served as chairwoman of the organization ever since. [cite web
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title = The Nativists
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publisher = Southern Poverty Law Center
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] According to the organization's website, its objectives are to "promote and expand citizen and legal resident awareness by a practical, effective communication network" and to "mobilize citizens and legal residents to support elected representatives and legislation" who favor immigration reduction. [cite web
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title = "Our Credo"
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publisher = CCIR
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The CCIR was a co-author of California Proposition 187 (1994), which would have denied public services such as education to illegal immigrants. The proposition was approved by the electorate but overturned by a federal court.

CCIR stages annual Fourth of July rallies that have drawn participants & spectators from both sides of the immigration issue.Fact|date=February 2007

CCIR has sponsored billboards along the Arizona-California border that read, "Welcome to California, the Illegal Immigration State. Don't Let This Happen to Your State." [cite web
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title = CCIR Billboards
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The group was investigated by the FBI in 1996 and 1998 because it had placed signs near polling places stating that non-citizens may not vote. [cite news
last = Delson
first = Jennifer
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title = State Investigating Intimidating Letter Sent to O.C. Latinos
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publisher = Los Angeles Times
date = 2006-10-17
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accessdate = 2006-10-26
]

In 2006, a letter connected to Republican congressional nominee Tan D. Nguyen which warned immigrants that they may be deported if they vote was issued on what appeared to be CCIR letterhead. [cite news
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first = Martin
coauthors = Dena Bunis
title = State investigates allegations of voter intimidation in California
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publisher = Orange County Register
date = 2006-19-19
url = http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/nation/15801347.htm
accessdate = 2006-10-26
] However, Coe said the letterhead was fraudulent. [cite news
last = Delson
first = Jennifer
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title = State Investigating Intimidating Letter Sent to O.C. Latinos
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pages =
language =
publisher = Los Angeles Times
date = 2006-10-17
url = http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-me-scare17oct17,1,5513175.story?coll=la-headlines-politics&ctrack=1&cset=true
accessdate = 2006-10-26
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The CCIR is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which quotes Coe as referring to Mexican immigrants as "savages". [cite web
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title = Anti-Immigration Groups
work = Intelligence Report
publisher = Southern Poverty Law Center
date = 2001
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format = HTML
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accessdate = 2007-02-11
]

References

External links

* [http://www.ccir.net/ California Coalition for Immigration Reform]


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