How does one respond to such a suggestion? New Haven, Connecticut Mayor John DeStefano (D) is asking the state to allow their city to include illegal alien votes in municipal elections. New Haven is notably a sanctuary city for illegal aliens, as they are welcomed by the mayor and provided ID cards to illegals starting in the summer of 2007 using a private grant.
It’s important to note New Haven is not a trendsetter here, as other cities have done the same thing. From the New Haven Register.
New Haven is taking its immigrant-friendly approach one step further and has proposed allowing non-citizen residents, including those who are undocumented, to vote in municipal elections.
The proposal is part of a package it will submit to state lawmakers for the session that starts in February. …
Six municipalities in Maryland permit resident, including non citizens, voting in local elections, including Takoma Park, Barnesville, Martin’s Additions, Somerset, Garrett Park, and Chevy Chase. Takoma Park did this in 1992, a decision that has stayed on the books despite efforts early on to repeal it.
Chicago is an example of a city that allows all residents, regardless of legal status, to vote on school issues.
DeStefano said this week he ran into a couple residing in Westville who attended a discussion on the city’s revaluation. They are not citizens and kiddingly pointed out that the United States is where taxation without representation was settled long ago, but not for them.
The mayor said non-citizens are stereotypically thought of as coming from south of the border, but immigrants in the city are is more diverse than that.
Funny they pulled the “taxation without representation” card is it not?
It does not matter where they are from. They elected to come here illegally and not play by the rules. Why should they get any benefits at all? I have friends who have spent thousands of dollars, completed a lot of paperwork, and went through numerous interviews so they could live and work in the United States legally. All of them want to become American citizens. What signal does that broadcast to those immigrants who want to come to, and become Americans?
DeStefano’s argument is that the illegal aliens pay taxes, and such should have a say in the operations and budget of the city. Well, what if they also pay state and federal income taxes? Is that a good enough reason for them to vote in state and national elections too? Must be, using DeStefano’s logic.
Update: Tina Korbe over at Hot Air picked up on this gem of a story tonight.
At some point, we will have to revisit the quota system and the process to become a citizen of this country, in general. We will have to ask ourselves seriously what the meaning of United States citizenship really is — and what it takes to earn it.
But that would be raaaccccist Tina!