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Dec032011

SACRAMENTO: Proposed initiative measure, California Opportunity and Prosperity Act, to give safe harbor to illegal immigrants in California....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Initiative would give California illegal immigrants safe harbor" - From the Bee:

   Nearly a million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, is helping to spearhead the measure, called the California Opportunity and Prosperity Act.

   The proposal was filed Friday with the state attorney general's office, marking a first step toward a drive to collect the 504,760 voter signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

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   Supporters say the initiative could generate up to $325 million in new tax revenue from undocumented workers.

   Regardless of whether Californians would support such a measure, implementation would depend upon the federal government agreeing not to prosecute participants at the state's request.

  Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, blasted the proposal as an attempt to sidestep immigration law. He predicted that it wouldn't have a "snowball's chance in hell" of winning voter approval.

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   The proposed initiative would apply to illegal immigrants who have lived in California for four years, have no felony convictions, are not suspected terrorists, pay a fee to administer the program, and can speak English or are learning it................