House Democrats Devalue Voting Rights with Support For Non-Citizen Voting



When Republicans last September put forth a non-binding resolution opposing allowing illegal immigrants to vote in local elections, 49 Democrats joined them to secure passage. What a difference a few months make.

Now in the minority, Republicans attempted to add language to the so-called For the People Act of 2019, a sweeping proposal to overhaul the election and campaign finance system, stating that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

While the Act passed, the motion to recommit with that language was defeated 228-197 and every Democrat but six opposed it. Among the opposition Democrats were 41 members who had voted to approve similar]  language just six months ago.

Federal law already prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for federal office, so the resolution was not important for what it would have done. What makes the vote important is now the message the House of Representatives sent.

Rep. Dan Crenshaw, the Texas Republican who sponsored the motion, said it would “show the American people that despite the deep and growing differences between us, we can at least agree that the people who vote for us are citizens” of the United States.

“This is a simple affirmation. It is an affirmation of the fact that the elected representatives of this body answer to the citizens of this country who voted for us,” the veteran of the Afghanistan war continued.

Following the passage of the bill, Speaker Nancy Pelosi showed to whom she answers with a full embrace of allowing noncitizen voting rights.

 “And these newcomers make America more American. And we want them, when they come here, to be fully part of our system. And that means not suppressing the vote of our newcomers to America,” she said.

Her position is not that surprising given the impetus for the GOP resolutions was born in Pelosi’s home district of San Francisco, which last July began allowing noncitizens to vote in local school board elections.

A victory for those advocating the normalization of violating U.S. immigration laws, the effort to register illegal immigrants was a defeat for taxpayers. According to the Sacramento Bee, San Francisco spent $310,000 – or $6,300 per voter – to create a separate voter database and to register fewer than 50 noncitizens and illegal immigrants.

Last year, a poll conducted jointly by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company, found 69 percent of Americans were opposed to San Francisco’s move to allow immigrants, including illegal aliens, to vote in local school board elections.  Only 31 percent said they supported the measure.

Furthermore, there was majority opposition to allowing illegal immigrants to vote in both the Republican (91 percent) and Democrats (55 percent).

“It makes perfect sense, and that’s what we’ve seen in polling on this issue where even Republicans, obviously, overwhelmingly oppose it, but even Democrats think it’s a bad idea, and independents think it’s a really, really bad idea,” Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha.

But there is concern that an increasing number of localities are following San Francisco’s lead.

Last month, the city council in Charlotte, North Carolina, opened the door to allowing legal and illegal immigrants to serve on local advisory boards and commissions. It is unlikely that the House-passed election bill will go anywhere in the Senate, but if elected representatives sell their principles for future votes as those 41 Democrats did, it will only be a matter of time before anyone can exercise the most treasured of American rights.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

12 Comments

  1. avatar

    They worry (as I had said) for themselves our country is going down around them and they are worrying about going against what our PRESIDENT IS DOING…and not caring it is for us and this country AGAIN STUPID IS WHAT STUPID DOES…

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      Some people, want to change that IMO…they want every person who is illegal to vote…AND they are so selfish…they know they will stay in the Government…if they do that….

      But, please what about this country?…When will this end? We have to keep this country USA of America…

      Can you picture how this country would look, if every Tom, Dick and Harry came thru those doors WITH OUT being screened???? Seen the picture MAD MAX IN MAYBE 100 OR MORE YEARS?

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    “…these newcomers [illegal aliens] make America more American”.

    This is a lot of rot. Allowing foreigners to vote in our elections doesn’t make us more American, it makes our whole political system less legitimate. It is a total repudiation of the rule of law. If that is the only way that the Democratic Party can hold onto power, it is also the best reason for making sure that they don’t.

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    Pelosi’s comment that these “newcomers” make America more America is infuriating beyond reason. I would like to think she is just so wealthy she has no conception of whst is really happening but, unfortunately, I cannot convince myself of that when the truth is she and her unscrupulous cohorts simply do not care about we regular, ordinary citizens. To them all We are gooid for is footing the bill for their preferred foreigners. The facts out there for anyone to see are the exact opposite of Pelosi’s comment. Our country is becoming less and less American all the time and more and more balkinized, but the envious world is watching and I have no doubt that, eventually, this nation will belong to another country (maybe China in cahoots with Mexico?). But the greatest fault for the destruction of this country will lie with our Congresses today and gping back decades. It is unfortunate that none of the ones most guilty of this deliberate destruction of a once great nation will live to struggle for survival in the future USA they are creating today. I wish I could believe that our Christian God will not allow the destruction of America, but I cannot because safeguarding this nation was our responsibility and we have failed miserably.

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    Daniel Moore on

    Amazing California has President Newsom, now that any non citizen can vote, and convicted felons also have a vote. Absentee ballots will soon be accepted from Afghanistan. and others that wil crush us from the inside. Just like Sept,11th,2001 They will take away our rights and trade them for their believes. Know who your voting for. or shut up. Like it or leave it. AMERICA

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      To bad, California isn’t taken out of the states….BIG WALL around it..and they can do whatever they want..as long as it has nothing to do with THE GOOD OLE USA

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    There’s A Silver Lining

    They can vote even if they’re illegal aliens, but illegal aliens are too lazy to vote anyway. Younger Americans, same conundrum…

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    Dave Mittner on

    Reading this, it’s interesting to think that the citizens of mainland England may have said similar things at the prospect of the colonies having representation. Representation that the colonies were denied, that lead to rebellion.

    One of the chief motivators for this country’s founding was that it’s wrong to tax those who lack political representation. And now American conservatives are coming up with excuses to deny representation for those who are taxed.

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      So how about if illegal aliens “pay taxes”. So they get to vote? How about a 16 year old working a job after school? How about the fact that immigrants come here with the understanding that they don’t get to vote until they become citizens. Anyone force them to come here? And you must have been born yesterday if you think that it’s just “conservatives” who have always thought non citizens should not vote. The Democrats want them to vote because they know they will vote Democratic in overwhelming numbers because the Democrats essentially want open borders.

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    So not letting non-citizens vote is “suppressing the vote of our newcomers to America”, says Nancy Pelosi? When and where exactly were they promised they would be able to vote when they came here? Another imaginary “right” dreamt up by this clueless idiot and her idiot supporters. Why don’t they worry about cleaning up San Francisco, once one of the great American cities but now an outdoor toilet.

    And when is one of the people who always charge that the votes of American citizens are being “suppressed” going to actually produce a case where this actually happened? Under federal law, even if a voter cannot produce the bare minimum “ID” that many jurisdictions accept, like a utility bill, that person has to be given a provisional ballot that will be counted if a race comes down to a recount. It’s another lie the left promotes with zero evidence.

    News reports over the weekend about New York City facing eventual bankruptcy. Another case where anyone with a brain could figure out there would be a heavy price tag on their open borders policies. Let’s put “the boss” of the Democratic party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, on it. She seems to know where there are endless trillions of dollars just sitting around. This is the same cluelessness that brought about the fiasco of the California “high speed train” which will not be high speed, will not cover the original route by a long shot, and is already over budget by huge amounts. If anyone predicted this likely outcome, they were portrayed as non-visionary right wingers. Sound familiar? Walls are racist and apparently common sense is also.