California Legislature Approves Non-Citizen Poll Workers

Sadly, in California, the State Legislature approving legislation devaluing citizenship qualifies as a “dog-bites-man” news story. So, news that the State Senate followed the lead of the Assembly in approving a measure authorizing non-citizens to man election sites hardly raised an eyebrow.

The justification for the Senate’s 22-10 party line vote, however, qualifies as a “dog-ate-my-homework” story. Sen. Norma Torres (D-Pomona), who shepherded the bill through the chamber, argued that allowing non-citizens to serve as poll workers is necessary to help California’s 2.6 million limited English voters cast their ballots. “These individuals have an absolute right to make fully informed voting decisions on Election Day,” stated Sen. Torres.

Never mind that these 2.6 million voters allegedly passed an English proficiency exam in order to become citizens. But, in the entire state of California, there aren’t enough bilingual citizens to fill this important civic function? Seriously?

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Twenty years ago I laughed myself silly at the wacky claim Mexico was trying to annex California and the American Southwest (Mexican activists on both sides of the border call it RECONQUISTA or the RECONQUEST) using a flood of its nationals to overrun and occupy land lost by the TREATY OF GUADALUPE HIDALGO that ended the Mexican/American War in 1848. I am not laughing anymore.

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    There should be no need at all to have bilingual or multilingual ballots. What’s need, and which many ethnic communities can provide, is bilingual mock ballots ahead of time, the kind we see when there are issues with complicated wording (you know, the kind where a vote “No” is actually a vote FOR the measure). I sure as heck wouldn’t trust any assistance a bilingual poll worker might provide.

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    Another travesty aimed at dispossing Americans in their own country. If we had elected leaders who belived in us and the rule of law, we would not be in this fix. We’ve always had guest worker programs. They came to harvest crops and went home when the season was over. Today, we have illegals who sneak in, maybe pick a tomato or two, then go on to every job that was formerly done by American workers. When will we learn? Let’s elect leaders who stand up for Americans, not the foreign invaders. And certainly not illegal poll workers. Of course, that’s California…what else would we expect from that tarnished state?

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    This Norma Torres is a perfect example of the type of person that cares more about their race than their country. By her name, am assuming she is Hispanic. And if the amnesty bill is passed, we will have many more of these type of people who will then be legal and totally committed to helping their families and paisanos (countrymen) either here illegally or in their home countries to get here and stay here in this country. The loyalty and best interests of this Ms. torres and of most Hispanics is for their race. Btw, I am Hispanic, am very proud of that fact. But my loyalties and best interests are for this country.

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    Let’s look at it this way. They technically are not “non citizens”, although that’s a convenient term. Because they ARE citizens of whatever country they were born in. So citizens of another country get to man our polls? And a significant number of them, just statistically, are likely to be from Mexico, a country that continually castigates us because we dare to enforce our laws.

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      Just to add to that, how many bilingual American citizens must there be in California. We’re not talking Montana. There should be NO shortage of citizens to assist at the polls. Just another effort to pander.

      If you care about this country, as a sovereign country, there can be no argument that we must reduce immigration to a trickle. Because California is the shining example of what this country will become if we continue down this path. The law and citizenship mean nothing in that state. Take whatever issue, deportation, drivers licenses, welfare benefits, job verification, on and on, there is no line in California between American citizens, and citizens who not only are citizens of another country, but frequently more loyal to THAT country.