Multiple cities in the United States are currently have laws in place that allow non-citizens and illegal immigrants to vote in our elections, and even more places are currently in the process of passing legislation that would grant voting rights to illegals.
On the Nov. 8 ballot In San Francisco there is a measure to be voted on that would allow the parents or legal guardians of any student in the city’s public schools to vote in school board elections. Under this measure the right to vote would be extended to those with green cards, visas, and even no documentation at all.
“One out of three kids in the San Francisco unified school system has a parent who is an immigrant, who is disenfranchised and doesn’t have a voice,” says San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu. “We’ve had legal immigrants who’ve had children go through the entire K-12 system without having a say.”
Chiu says that undocumented immigrants should also have the right to vote and that this measure is a way bypass the “broken immigration system in this country.”
He also added that so far he’s seen no organized opposition to the measure and believes that is “because of the ugly, anti-immigrant statements expressed by Donald Trump and his supporters.”
In addition to San Francisco attempting to allow illegals to vote, Maryland currently has six jurisdictions that allow non-citizens vote in local elections.
Chicago allows non-citizens to take part in elected parent advisory councils but not to vote in school board elections.
Four towns in Massachusetts have moved to allow non-citizens to vote and are currently awaiting state approval.
In New York City, the city council is currently drafting legislation that would allow more than 1.3 million legal residents to take part in municipal elections. In the city, non-citizens currently make up 21 percent of the voting-age population.
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