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house Bill H. Res. 1071

Does Letting Unauthorized Immigrants Vote Diminish the Voting Power of American Citizens?

Argument in favor

The right to vote is a privilege reserved for U.S. citizens, and the House of Representatives should needs to affirm this — even in a symbolic vote — to protect the power and legitimacy of the franchise.

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09/26/2018
It's actually illegal for non citizens to vote. So, I'm curious why this is even being brought up.
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09/23/2018
Only American Citizens deserve the "Right to Vote". Anyone who is here illegally, and even though paying taxes, DOES NOT deserve this "right", until they are LEGAL Citizens. Period.
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Tom's Opinion
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09/25/2018
They must be here legally and participate when they have become a US citizen, or we don’t have a country.
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Argument opposed

Non-citizens should be allowed to vote because they pay taxes, enroll their kids in public schools, and live in our communities. This is a meaningless, non-binding bill.

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09/23/2018
This is totally meaningless since illegal immigrants can’t vote anyway. Typical waste of time by the Republican Party.
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09/25/2018
So republicans are back to reaffirming things. Let’s reaffirm how disgusted we are with their leadership in November.
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09/26/2018
The only thing that diminishes voting power in our country is the Republican Party through their gerrymandering, voter photo ID crap, and other stupid requirements designed to suppress immigrants from voting!
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What is House Bill H. Res. 1071?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that allowing unauthorized immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of U.S. citizens. It notes that voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy; recognizes that the Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age; declares that it’s of paramount importance for the U.S. to maintain its elections’ legitimacy and protect them from interference, including from foreign threats and illegal voting; and notes that federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for federal office.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

U.S. citizens; illegal immigrants; and elections.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 1071

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) introduced this bill to affirm Congress’ opposition to granting illegal immigrants the right to vote, and to protect the voting rights of American citizens, especially legal immigrants who become citizens:

“Naturalized American citizens often describe casting their first ballot as one of the proudest moments of their lives. The act is a reminder that they have become Americans, with all the rights and responsibilities of Americans. Unfortunately, a handful of cities like Chicago, Cambridge, and most recently San Francisco allow illegal immigrants to vote in local elections. These radical policies weaken the voting power of law-abiding Americans, including naturalized citizens. Today I introduced a resolution stating that allowing illegal immigrants to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of American citizens. I hope my colleagues will stand with me in protecting the right to vote for every American citizen of legal age, and rejecting all outside or foreign interference in our elections.”

Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn, who opposed his city’s proposal to provide non-citizens with legal residency the right to vote in local and citywide elections, called the right to vote “a privilege reserved for U.S. citizens”:

“The right to vote is a privilege reserved for U.S. citizens. The right to vote is a unique characteristic and privilege reserved for those individuals who have gone through the extensive citizenship application process.”

The Conservative Review derided this resolution, calling it a “toothless” measure that doesn’t do anything meaningful:

“Republicans see that liberal cities are allowing illegal immigrants to disenfranchise American voters by canceling their votes with votes from individuals who are not citizens and entered the U.S. in violation of the law, and the GOP is ready to pass a resolution saying that’s bad. What about passing laws to secure the border and stop illegal immigration? Will the Republicans in Congress vote on funding President Trump’s proposed border wall? Will they enact needed immigration reforms…?”

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, who supported extending local voting rights to non-citizens, argued that providing certain groups — including permanent legal residents, visa holders, Temporary Protected Status recipients, and Deferred Action Childhood Arrival recipients — with local voting rights could be a proactive way to empower local immigrant communities which are especially threatened by the current administration’s immigration policies and rhetoric:

“This is an opportunity for us to say, ‘No, we stand with you, we’re listening to you, and we want you to be a part of some of these conversations.”


Of Note: This resolution appears to be a reaction to San Francisco’s 2016 decision to allow noncitizens and unauthorized immigrants to register to vote in school board elections. That decision was meant to reflect that a third of students in public schools in that state have parents or guardians who are in the U.S. illegally, and that those parents and guardians should also have a say in their children’s educations.

Similarly, Chicago and some suburbs of Boston, including Cambridge, have also allowed people to register to vote without providing proof of citizenship beforehand. In Chicago, there is no Illinois state requirement to prove citizenship while registering to vote; so the city is allowing anyone to register to vote as long as they can provide adequate proof of identity.

While the idea of allowing non-citizens to vote may sound outlandish, proponents of the idea point out that from America’s founding up until the 1920s, 40 states and federal territories allowed noncitizens to vote. At that time, noncitizens voted in local, state, and federal elections and were permitted to — and did — hold public offices such as alderman, coroner, and school board member. In fact, for most of U.S. history, voting by noncitizens was the norm, not the exception.

Since 1990, campaigns to expand the vote to noncitizens have been launched in states as diverse as New York, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., California, Maine, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Texas.


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Summary by Lorelei Yang

(Photo Credit: iStockphoto.com / JasonDoiy)

Official Title

Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.

simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed September 26th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 279 Yea / 72 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedSeptember 20th, 2018

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    It's actually illegal for non citizens to vote. So, I'm curious why this is even being brought up.
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    This is totally meaningless since illegal immigrants can’t vote anyway. Typical waste of time by the Republican Party.
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    So republicans are back to reaffirming things. Let’s reaffirm how disgusted we are with their leadership in November.
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    Only American Citizens deserve the "Right to Vote". Anyone who is here illegally, and even though paying taxes, DOES NOT deserve this "right", until they are LEGAL Citizens. Period.
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    The only thing that diminishes voting power in our country is the Republican Party through their gerrymandering, voter photo ID crap, and other stupid requirements designed to suppress immigrants from voting!
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    They must be here legally and participate when they have become a US citizen, or we don’t have a country.
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    This is more Republican rhetoric that has no truth to it. The immigrants who pay taxes aren’t even allowed to vote. This is another untruth. Chris Kobach tried to show that in Kansas about immigrants who work the meat packing plants and chicken processing plants, etc voted illegally and he only found 3 who did that and they were white republican voters who were registered in another state. This is NONSENSE.
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    Those people saying that illegals are not voting are ignorant of facts: 1) Municipalities in many Sanctuary cities are allowing it at the local levels. 2) and some studies indicate it has occurred...https://m.washingtontimes.com/ 3) So here is the thing, even at the local level—which is really just a foot in the door to state and federal regulations—If even one illegal, non-citizen vote is cast it counters—euphemism for robs—one legal citizen’s vote. There is no other way to see it. And if you think that anyone whom would enter into a country illegally would think twice about casting an illegal vote, you must be smoking something illegal as well.
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    A person must be a US citizen to vote. NO exceptions!
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    Undocumented people can’t vote right now. This is a Repugnacant ploy to suppress the vote by insinuating large voter fraud. It doesn’t happen! Let’s look at the Fascist stooges doing the bidding of 45.
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    It goes without saying that we, the People, as U.S. CITIZENS, have been given the right to vote. Illegal immigrants do NOT and should NOT be allowed to vote in ANY POLITICAL ELECTION. PERIOD..... NO WAY...... It definitely means that their voting diminishes the will of the American voter and taints the vote in favor of the Democrats. P.S. Contrary to those who say that illegal voting doesn’t take place.... Get realistic and see the many examples that occur during past elections. That’s why we see the fierce Democratic opposition to Voter ID. It’s not voter suppression as atheists photo ID is required to drive a car, get food stamps, obtain numerous other Federal social benefits and the list goes on and on. 9*27*18 ..... SneakyPete
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    More Republican nonsense - trying to convince the American people that illegal immigrants vote.
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    Rep Kevin McCarthy must be having trouble in his re-election campaign to produce a bill of this nature; that or he is a strong white supremacist. There is no need for this bill. Immigrants, legal or illegal who are not naturalized citizens do not vote. Studies have shown this repeatedly. Why Republicans leaders cannot understand or comprehend this is beyond me. My Republican friends get it and have problems with their party as a result.
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    The old bugaboo foisted on the public by the GOP is back again just in time for the midterms. Very little if any fraudulent voting and none by illegals. Republicans like to throw roadblocks up to keep people from voting, like IDs, fewer voting places and reduced hours. Rather than focus on a non-issue of illegals voting we should shine the light on Republican attempts to suppress voting by legal, registered Americans. One wonders if the Republicans and Russians are in cahoots to influence elections.
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    They can’t vote so not sure why this is even being debated.
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    Of course it does! This Republic has laws that are set down by OUR constitution and must be enforced at all time lest we loose our freedom and liberty! Those who go against Our Constitution and despise it are Traitors Fully and must be dealt with accordingly! By God What type of society do You People Want! By God O an Sworn to This Republic’s Constitution and By God I Will Defend it and The Rule of Law Always as Our Christian Founders meant This Republic To Be!
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    So there is a call to undermine our already compromised electoral process? What’s to stop them from voting several times? They have no real ID or legitimate address. What prevents foreign countries from encouraging them to move into and overwhelm communities to write in candidates that they deem favorable to their country rather than this one? The fact that this is even a question seems to strengthen a need to have this affirmed.
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    This is a meaningless resolution that is meant to marginalize those who are not documented, but nonetheless contributing to our nation.
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    Unauthorize immigrants the right to vote? First of all illegal immigrants can’t vote! Legal immigrants, may not be US citizens, but deemed a US citizens! I.e. Served our country here and abroad. Why should they not be able to vote? So what is a unauthorized immigrants? Must be people on a work Visa, they have no rights to vote.
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    Only Americans should be voting. It’s been shown I believe illegal immigrants have voted, and Democrats are wanting them to vote.
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