It took only one day for political troublemakers to file suit against California’s Proposition 227, a lopsidedly popular measure (it passed 61 percent to 39) that ends bilingual education in that state.

The failure of bilingual education has been well documented, as has the support for Prop 227 among Mexican-Americans. Indeed, attempts by Mexican-American parents to protect their kids from bilingual ed at the local level provided the spark that lit the Prop 227 fire statewide.

Nevertheless, civil rights organizations filed suit against the ballot measure as soon as the initiative passed. Leading the charge: the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

It is bad enough when this or that activist group tries to use court fiats to make an end run around the democratic process. It is worse when such groups do so on flatly fatuous grounds (recall the lawsuit against Prop 209, ending affirmative action – a lawsuit saying, as one judge put it, that the Constitution requires something that in reality it just barely tolerates).

But the insult added to the injury in the case of Prop 227 is that the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund is not a membership organization; it gets its money, not from dues, but from various gifts and grants. As The Orange County Register recently reported, MALDEF gets roughly 90 percent of its< ir14p,12l>money from the Ford, Joyce, Carnegie, and Rockefeller Foundations – assiduous pushers of the leftist line – as well as gullible companies such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, and Levi-Strauss.

In short, a small outfit bankrolled by a deep-pocketed few is suing to defend Mexican-Americans from a popularly approved measure that many Mexican-Americans favor. With friends like these, California immigrants don’t need any enemies.

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