MENTONE >> Days after unveiling a proposed ballot initiative that would see the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District ban undocumented immigrants from attending public school, Joseph Turner took his message directly to Inland Empire conservatives.
“You can’t put America first if you put American children second,” Turner told attendees at the Redlands Tea Party Patriots’ April meeting at Mill Creek Cattle Company.
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“It’s a zero-sum game: Every dollar spent on educating an illegal immigrant child is a dollar not spent on educating American children,” he said.
Earlier this week, Los Angeles-area resident Turner, 39, announced his plan to promote a ballot measure that, if passed, would intentionally conflict with Plyler v. Doe, a 1982 U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the denial of free public education to students based on their immigration status.
Turner, who describes himself as a “nationalist,” rather than as a “conservative,” founded the nonprofit Save Our State
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