An anti-illegal immigration activist is pushing to get a law passed that would prohibit undocumented immigrants from attending public schools in the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District.
Joseph Turner, a 39-year-old L.A.-area resident who formerly resided in San Bernardino and Redlands, hopes his proposed ballot measure, if passed, will inspire similar laws nationwide and spur efforts to challenge a 35-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibiting the denial of free public education to students based on their immigration status.
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“I’m trying to basically elevate the discussion into the national consciousness,” Turner, who prefers being called a “nationalist” rather than a “conservative,” said in a telephone interview Tuesday.
Turner, a father of two who recently founded the nonprofit American Children First, is also proposing that students who are legal citizens but whose parents are undocumented immigrants pay tuition for their children to attend school. Tuition would be calculated by dividing the school
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