Open border crowd pulls out the big (racist) guns against city to allow illegals to vote.
In advance of the 2009 citywide elections, a coalition of immigrant and
advocacy organizations is reigniting a fight to give noncitizens the
right to vote in municipal elections, drawing the ire of opponents who
argue that voting is a right for American citizens only.
At a rally outside City Hall yesterday organized by the New York
Coalition to Expand Voting Rights, supporters of a City Council bill
that would extend voting rights to 1.3 million noncitizen New Yorkers
said it's unfair that immigrant residents pay more than $18 billion in
state income taxes when they can't vote for their representatives. The
group is planning to pressure elected officials to back the
legislation, which has been on file for more than two years but hasn't
A supporter of the bill, Council Member Robert Jackson of Harlem,
said in his district alone there are about 40,000 people who are paying
taxes and don't have the right to vote. He said the coalition needed to
publicize the position of every council member on the proposal and the
reasons for their stances.
He suggested that those opposed to giving noncitizens the right to
vote might be motivated by racism, and noted that in the early years of
American history noncitizens were allowed to vote. That ended after
World War I.
"This was the law in the United States of America
for many, many years and why don't they support it now? Is it what
somebody said earlier — because if you look at the skin complexion of
the immigrants now they are mainly people of color versus 100 years
ago, when they mainly were white," he said. "These are questions that
people have to start asking."