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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Cartoon Time Machine

Nov. 25, 2014 1:41 am
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In the wake of President Obama’s executive action last week providing temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants, the New York Times had a front-page story on Sunday about how California has lived with immigration turmoil for decades.

Indeed, with fully one-third of the nation’s unauthorized immigrants, even though the state’s border with Mexico is only 125 miles long, we in the Golden State have for decades witnessed some of the nation’s most emotional and bruising immigration battles. That includes everything from the Minuteman Project to Murrieta, and the ugly fight over California Proposition 187, the so-called “Save Our State” (SOS) initiative passed in 1994 by the voters, but later ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

I did a lot of cartoons against Proposition 187. Twenty years ago, the ballot initiative proposed to establish statewide screening that would determine citizenship and block unauthorized immigrants from using social services, including healthcare and public education. Republican Pete Wilson, our governor, was one of my favorite targets for his aggressive support of Proposition 187 and his nasty, one-note anti-immigrant rhetoric.

So I invite you to return with me to those days of yesteryear via a selection of my old cartoons on Proposition 187. I did a “papers please” cartoon 16 years before Arizona’s SB 1070 passed in 2010. I depicted Wilson as a little thug, and after 187 passed, I worried about the Frankenstein’s monster of racism, promoted by prominent politicians, having been loosed in society.

Anyway, I’ll stop talking and let you browse through the Wayback Machine that is my cartoon archive. The cartoons appeared in the Los Angeles Times, San Jose Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, California Journal and other publications around the state.

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