“At that time, it was like, oh, wow, yet another anti-immigrant initiative,” she recalled.
“We were really fearful that the rhetoric out there was so anti-immigrant.” Ron Unz, the Silicon Valley entrepreneur and Republican activist who bankrolled Proposition 227, said that his measure was never intended to be anti-immigrant — and that he adamantly opposed Proposition 58.
“My views haven’t changed at all,” he said before the election.
Programs that provide instruction to immigrants in their first languages discourage English acquisition and cultural assimilation, he argued, and that as a result of efforts like his, “bilingual programs largely disappeared throughout the United States.” Programs labeled “bilingual” may have declined, but dual-language immersion and other pathways to bilingualism are flourishing.
Because of Proposition 227, California lacks such policies.
With the passage of Proposition 58, that stands to change.
This was often the result of intensive one-to-one outreach to immigrant parents, who needed to hear their options in a system that is notoriously difficult for all parents to navigate.
The most immediate effect of Proposition 58 is to eliminate the layer of bureaucracy created by the waiver system that Proposition 227 created, said Wong.
“We have kids entering education systems with enormous assets.
But rather than cherish that asset, and strengthen it, and promote it, our schools devalue it, shame students for it, and take it away from them.” — Ilana Umansky, University of Oregon The result?