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DB TEST: Immigration in the 1990s: Proposition 187

About this video

This 9-minute video illustrates how demographic trends and a changing California economy in the 1990s created a backlash against immigration, only to be followed by another swing in the ideological pendulum. This lesson examines how economic and demographic forces affect the strategies of the political parties, and demonstrates how policies like Proposition 187 can produce unintended and surprising consequences.


  • Evaluate and make generalizations about U.S. immigration policy.

Essential Questions

  • How has U.S. immigration policy and rhetoric related to immigration policy changed over time?

Lesson Plans and Student Activities

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