For example, a city in Maryland is currently considering giving illegal immigrants voting rights. Doing so would give them more power and influence in local elections.
According to reports, City Council officials in College Park, Maryland, are currently thinking about giving undocumented aliens living in the city the right to vote in local elections. This means that people who shouldn’t be in our country in the first place would have a say in who becomes Mayor and who’s on the City Council but it wouldn’t give them the ability to vote for president, senator, congressman or governor.
Christine Nagle, the College Park City Councilwoman sponsoring the measure, told reporters, believes that it “just makes sense” to let illegal immigrants vote. “These are folks who have a significant stake in our community, and who rely on the facilities in our city,” she reasoned, referring to things like trash collection and snow removal, which she claims are services that affect people regardless of their immigration status.
Julio Murillo, a policy analyst with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), a pro-immigration advocacy group, also supports the bill. “A fundamental service is provided by local government, and it affects all residents,” he stated.
“Whenever you open up elections to noncitizens, what you’re really doing is sending a strong message that you celebrate your diversity,” continued Murillo, noting, “you start to develop and encourage a practice of civic engagement. That transcends generations.” He’s convinced that by letting illegal aliens vote, “city residents will feel a stronger bond with their neighbors and create a stronger community.”
However, not everyone is in support of the proposed measure. Mary C. Cook, another College Park City Councilwoman, for instance, told reporters, “on a personal level, I do not agree that noncitizens should be voting.” She believes that they should complete the process to become a citizen first. Despite this, she said she’s still willing to hear what others have to say.
Tim Miller, one of the city’s residents, also opposes the legislation. His main concern has to do with the costs associated with passing such a measure. “Here goes this council again, doing something that will cost the city money,” claimed Miller. He’s primarily worried about how the city expects to pay for maintaining expanded voter rolls.
Another resident who opposes the measure is Larry Provost, a U.S. Army veteran and city resident. He argued that citizens should be the only ones allowed to vote. Specifically, he said, “Voting is a right, but it is also a privilege. There are standards for voting. It is no mistake that the 14th Amendment gave citizenship and the 15th Amendment gave the right to vote. I would urge the council to look elsewhere to integrate our noncitizens.”
Jeff Werner, an advocate for tighter restrictions on immigration who works with Help Save Maryland, a group dedicated to “preserving Maryland’s counties, cities, and towns from the negative effects of illegal aliens,” added, “what gives them that privilege?” Like Provost, he believes that they should become citizens before participating in elections.
Unfortunately, if City College ultimately decides to give undocumented aliens voting rights, it wouldn’t be the first city in Maryland to do so. For example, last year in Hyattsville, which is in Prince George’s County, city officials approved a measure giving illegal aliens the right to vote by removing questions about citizenship on voting applications. “We very intentionally made it so that we did not have questions about citizenship status. It undermines the premise of noncitizen voting to try to draw a distinction,” explained Patrick Paschall, a former member of the Hyattsville Council who supported the measure.
Conservatives need to do everything possible to stop College Park from giving illegal immigrants voting rights. Since they shouldn’t be in this country, to begin with, they shouldn’t be given the privilege to vote. Letting non-citizens have a say in how we run our country. completely undermines our country’s democracy by letting