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Latinos weren’t the only voters California’s GOP lost with a hard line on immigration in the ’90s

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR Pete Wilson wasn’t backing down. After speaking at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank, on November 19, 1994, he was immediately pressed to respond to charges of racism over a ballot initiative the state had passed days earlier to block public services for immigrants without documentation. Those kinds of suggestions, the governor snapped, are “insulting to the people of California who voted for it who are neither racists nor immigrant bashers.” The Republican also used the occasion to double down on his immigration crusade, which had defined his race for re-election earlier that year. “I will do all that I can to advance the cause of ending illegal immigration.”

Twenty-two years later, another Republican is making “illegals” the centerpiece of his campaign, a controversial gambit that Donald Trump hopes will win him the White House. But as Wilson and California’s Republicans discovered, it could lose them not just Latinos but a generation of voters for elections to come.

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