Activist Pushing Agenda to get a Vote in NYC

Immigration is a serious problem in this country and until Congress creates a constructive and effective immigration policy, states and local governments will continue to battle with this problem.

In NYC, an activist group called The New York Coalition to Expand Voting Rights, is urging Mayor Bloomberg and the city council to pass allow allowing legal (not illegal) immigrants the right to vote in local jurisdictions. They are basing this off of the fact that over 50,000 legal immigrants in the Bronx pay taxes and therefore should have the right to vote in local elections.

A lot of my fellow democrats support this effort but I would have to respectfully disagree.  Black people fought and died for the right to vote and we were American Citizens!  They tried everything to keep black people from voting, from voter intimidation to establishing Jim Crow. 

According to a NY Times article, from the 1920’s, non citizens were allowed to vote in local elections.  So let me get this straight; non-citizens were allowed to vote, but black folks couldn’t??  The bottom line for me is that you should be a United States Citizen in order to vote on every level of government.  I understand that legal immigrants pay taxes and have social security numbers, but if you are not a U.S. Citizen you should not be allowed to vote.  There are 600,000 U.S. citizens in the Nation’s Capital who do not have representation in Congress, but we want to give non U.S Citizens the right to vote just because they pay taxes?  Not cool at all…. 


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