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OCTOBER 1, 2018
There are at least 69 Dems that should not
be reelected. The House voted Wednesday to go on record admonishing communities,
such as San Francisco, that now allow immigrants who live in the U.S. illegally
to cast ballots in local elections, calling it another way some localities
are undermining federal immigration policies.
The 279-72 vote saw 49 Democrats join with nearly every Republican to protest the growing movement to expand the vote. Sixty-nine Democrats declined to take a stand, voting present. The non-binding resolution does not force any changes, but did put lawmakers on record.
If we start granting others the sacred right reserved for U.S. citizens it puts the whole democratic process at risk, said Rep. Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican who has pushed for a tougher line against localities that include immigrants who entered the U.S. illegally in their voting population. Other Democrats went further, accusing the GOP of unveiled racism. A 1996 federal law prohibits noncitizens from voting in federal elections, but there is no prohibition on local elections, and indeed a number of jurisdictions allow it to some extent. Famously liberal Takoma Park, a small city in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, has for several decades allowed noncitizens, including immigrants living in the U.S. illegally, to vote in local elections.
Foolish idea to allow non citizens the right