Friday, December 16, 2011

do you agree that illegal immigrants should have the right to vote?

Fox News --

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano commented on Tuesday that illegal immigrants [aliens] pay taxes indirectly through rent and send their children to local schools -- and therefore should be able to vote.

Elizabeth Benton, spokesperson for DeStefano said "we're not seeking to apply this to any other city, this is about New Haven and what we think makes sense for New Haven... we want every adult in our community... to be able to vote in local elections that affects their families and futures."

She continued to say that this is not as much as an immigration issue as it is a New Haven resident issue.

in 2007, New Haven made national headlines when it approved a program providing municipal identification cards for all residents including illegal aliens for access to services such as banking and using the library.

when I heard this over the radio, my jaw dropped in dismay as I wondered where our country is coming to.

How many people have died for our freedom and to protect our right to vote?

in my opinion this not only cheapens what it means to be a citizen but it also is a slap in the face to all those people who spent the time, money and effort to come here legally to join American society.

And I don't think I'm being racist when I say "Hell no" to allowing people who are not even supposed to be in the country in the first place, full privileges of being a citizen.

Part of the reason why we have the problem that we have with the illegal immigration is that we turned our backs on enforcement and basically held the door open and now everybody's paying the price for it.

So the next time unfortunately when somebody makes a comment that our country is not for sale...

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It baffles me as to why an elected official would say this. To answer your question: no, I don't think non-citizens, illegal or legal should be allowed to vote in municipal elections.

Mayor DeStefano's suggestion appears to violate Connecticut's state constitution so it probably won't get too far.

http://www.cslib.org/constitutionalamends/constitution.htm#ConstArt6

6:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corrected link:

Article 6 of Connecticut State Constitution

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