Once again, Democrats are pushing to allow illegal immigrants the right to vote. Betsy McCaughey explains in The New York Sun, writing:
If you think offering migrants luxury hotel rooms, free meals, laundry service, transportation, health care and immigration lawyers is excessive, just wait until they can vote.
Democrats are pushing to allow noncitizens to vote in local elections at New York City, Boston, and other municipalities, as well as statewide in Connecticut.
The number of migrants pouring across the southern border hit a record high, according to data released Saturday. Illegal immigrant crossings soared 21 percent over the previous month. On a yearly basis, the figure hit 2.48 million.
Democrats may feign shock and distress. Don’t be fooled. Democrats see these newcomers as their guarantee of a permanent voting majority in local elections. Not years from now, after the newcomers become citizens. Right now.
Mayor Adams’ rhetoric is typical. He warns that the overwhelming number of migrants arriving — currently 16,000 to 17,000 a month — “will destroy New York City,” but he’s also leading the legal effort to turn migrants into voters.
Mr. Adams and other New York Democrats pushed President Biden to expedite work authorizations for them. They said it’s about making migrants self-sufficient. Maybe, but Dems have another powerful motive.
If you read the fine print of New York City’s “Our City, Our Vote” law, enacted in December 2021, it says that anyone with a work authorization who has been in the city for a mere 30 days can vote, even if they entered the country illegally.
Mr. Biden’s recent action fast-tracking work authorizations for Venezuelan border crossers, who make up about 41 percent of recent arrivals in New York City, will make tens of thousands of them eligible to vote under New York City’s new law, as soon as they obtain their working papers.
That is, if New York City’s voting law is allowed to go into effect. A big “if.” The law is tied up in court.
A group of Republicans led by the Staten Island borough president, Vito Fossella, sued, arguing the state constitution grants the right to vote to “every citizen.”
A Staten Island judge bought that argument and struck down the law, but Mr. Adams’ law department is appealing that ruling in a higher court, arguing that the state constitution does not specifically prohibit noncitizens from voting.
Mr. Adams has a shot at winning. Vermont’s top court ruled in favor of allowing noncitizens to vote in municipal elections, even though the Vermont constitution restricts voting in state elections to U.S. citizens.
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