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September 23, 2021

     Read about total Dem madness.  A far-left Democratic pol wants to give non-US citizens the right to vote in New York City — and if you don’t like it, he says, you can move. The bill by Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Washington Heights) seeks to supersede state law and give green card and work visa holders the right to vote in local elections.

     “This is not about a favor, this is about taxation without representation,” Rodriguez — who came to the Big Apple from the Dominican Republican at age 18 and has been a staunch supporter of expanded rights for illegal immigrants — claimed during Monday’s hearing on the measure. He added: “If people have a problem with this, then they should move to another town or another country that has not been built by immigrants.”

     And the measure, which was debated Monday, is no pipe dream, it has the support of 34 of 51 council members, enough to be passed.  But Mayor Bill de Blasio, who in 2014 signed “sanctuary city” legislation that bars official cooperation with federal immigration authorities, signaled Friday he might issue his first veto if the bill arrives on his desk. “We’ve done everything that we could possibly get our hands on to help immigrant New Yorkers — including undocumented folks — but… I don’t believe it is legal,” he said during his weekly appearance on WNYC radio Friday. “Our Law Department is very clear on this.”  During Monday’s hearing, the city’s chief democracy officer, Laura Wood, declined to take a position on the proposed legislation. But Wood cited the Law Department in saying that it would likely violate Article II, Section 1 of the state constitution, which restricts voting in New York to US citizens who are 18 or older and have lived in New York at least 30 days.

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