House Democrats left no doubt about where they stand on allowing illegal immigrants to vote in U.S. elections.
Democrats thumbed their noses at a Republican resolution holding up the foundational practice of only allowing American citizens to take part in the election process, voting against the measure on Friday and in favor of allowing “all of the people” to vote, regardless of their status, The Washington Times reported.
Democrats seem unfazed by the fact that non-citizens, including those in the U.S. illegally, are not allowed to vote anyway, as only six of them sided with their GOP colleagues to support the resolution.
“We are prepared to open up the political process and let all of the people come in,” Georgia Democrat and civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis, told his colleagues ahead of the 228-197 vote.
The left’s agenda was clear in a press conference this week as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi argued that immigrants, not American citizens, make the nation “more American.”
“When we talk about newcomers, we have to recognize the constant re-invigoration of America that they are, that we all have been – our families. And that, unless you’re blessed to be Native American – which is a blessing in itself that we respect – but that constant reinvigoration of hope, determination, optimism, courage, to make the future better for the next generation, those are American traits,” Pelosi said.
“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,” the California Democrat added.
The push by Democrats comes as part of their broader attempt at campaign finance and voter law expansions, in the proposed HR 1, the “For the People Act,” which seeks to impose new requirements on states for early voting and online and same-day voter registration, funding of congressional campaigns and reshaping of the Federal Election Commission, among a grab-bag of items on the left’s agenda.
While voting in federal elections by non-citizens is illegal, per a 1996 federal law, there s no law on localities which allowed San Francisco to open the door to illegal immigrants voting in school board elections.
“I estimate at least 900,000 aliens illegal voted in midterms. New numbers out of Texas and Pennsylvania suggest foreign national voting in massive numbers. And leftists in House vote to support illegal alien voting,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a tweet Friday.
I estimate at least 900,000 aliens illegal voted in midterms. New numbers out of Texas and Pennsylvania suggest foreign national voting in massive numbers! And leftists in House vote to support illegal alien voting! https://t.co/gLjnMI3oU5 pic.twitter.com/w7Klw0VMBm
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) March 8, 2019
After a year-long investigation, Texas revealed earlier this year that 95,000 non-citizens were currently registered to vote in the state with 58,000 of them having voted in one or more election. Soon after, left-wing groups filed a lawsuit against the state for discrimination following a request for the voters in question to submit proof of citizenship.
The GOP-backed resolution voted on in the House on Friday was seeking to add language to the H.R. 1 proposal stating that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
An identical resolution was adopted by the House last September but 41 Democrats flipped their vote on Friday.
“These 41 Democrats must now answer to voters why they were against illegal immigrants voting in elections six months ago, but are suddenly in favor of it now,” Lauren Fine, a spokeswoman for House GOP Whip Steve Scalise, said, according to Fox News.
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