Professor Pitney was recently quoted in the Dallas Morning News on the topic of the delicate dance of border politics. In the article, he talks about Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who has had inconsistent views on the building of the border fence. Pitney mentions the consequences of Republican actions in California against illegal immigrants.
In California, a Republican-backed ballot initiative in 1994 that denied illegal immigrants most public services turned large numbers of Latino voters against the GOP and fueled Democratic gains at the ballot box.
“The fallout from Proposition 187 definitely damaged Republicans,” said John Pitney, a professor of political science at Claremont McKenna College in suburban Los Angeles.