THE ELECTION: Making and Breaking Law

California's sweeping ballot initiative against illegal immigrants wins big before landing in court

Once California belonged to Mexico and its land to Mexicans; and a horde of tattered feverish Americans poured in. And such was their hunger for land that they took the land . . . and they guarded with guns the land they had stolen . . . Then, with time, the squatters were no longer squatters, but owners.

-- John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

The 29 kindergartners in Lynne Wiswall's class, all Latino, had painted big American flags and attached them to wooden sticks in preparation for Veterans Day. But in her sunny classroom last week, down the road from...

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