“Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 26
The Secular Progressives have long removed God and his perfect Word from our public schools. That has not, unfortunately, inhibited them from using Biblical wisdom to indoctrinate our young people with their destructive socialist views. One of those views is the belief in open borders and allowing non-citizens – whether they are here legally or illegally – to vote in our elections.
Teen Vogue, which as it name suggests is geared toward an impressionable teenage audience, took up the cause of non-citizen voting by running a pro-non-citizen voting op-ed last week. The piece was written by a “movement worker” at the Texas Civil Rights Project. The tweet below will give you an idea of where they stand on protecting America’s southern border:
Today we demand the release of Juana Alonzo Santizo who was detained by members of the Mexican security forces in the state of Tamaulipas for trying to cross the border to the U.S. @m_ebrard #LibertadParaJuanita @MayanLeague
— Texas Civil Rights Project (@TXCivilRights) February 25, 2022
The author tries to make the absurd case that “faith in our democracy” will be fully restored if we just give people who have entered the country illegally the sacred right to vote:
But for the nearly 25 million noncitizens living in the United States, election season is just another opportunity to be excluded from the democratic process…As faith in our democracy dwindles and federal voting rights legislation remains stalled in Washington, there has never been a better moment to make good on the nation’s democratic ideals and expand suffrage to all noncitizens — documented and undocumented — living in the United States.
Here is the so-called loophole the author and non-citizen voting proponents are using to support their cause:
To start, the Constitution does not explicitly deny noncitizens the right to vote. Nor is there evidence that the founders intended suffrage to be exclusive to citizens (they were much more concerned with excluding people from the democratic process based on race, gender, and class). Noncitizens contribute to their communities in nearly all the ways that citizens do: They pay taxes (undocumented residents alone pay more than $11 billion a year), operate businesses, own and rent property, attend public schools and universities.
Here’s what the Constitution says about who is eligible to vote in the United States: “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.” Because the Constitution doesn’t definitively say non-citizens CAN NOT vote, proponents use that as the loophole to allow non-citizen voting.
Noncitizen suffrage was all but dead by the early 1900s. In the century since, no state has extended suffrage to noncitizens. The result has been a generation of American immigrants who have been shut out of the democratic process, unable to select their representatives or vote on laws that impact their families and neighbors.
According to Wikipedia, over seven million people have legally immigrated to the United States since 1900. The overwhelmingly vast majority of these legal immigrants did indeed become naturalized citizens. The Progressive Left is attempting to convince the American people there is no difference between an illegal and legal immigrant. Both groups are looking for a better life and they add to the prosperity and wealth of the country by paying taxes:
“My relationship with our democracy is complicated,” Treviño Rodriguez says. “My family has been paying taxes ever since they’ve been here, pretty much, and none of what we pay for has ever trickled down onto us. We’ve never benefited from any of the social programs that we pay into. And we’ve never been able to choose who represents us.”
Mr. Rodriguez’s assertions are patently false and misleading. Illegal aliens, and their citizen children, are eligible for government benefits such as emergency Medicaid services, primary and secondary education, school nutrition services, Aid to Families and Dependent Children, and food stamp benefits.
Could a country that doesn’t treat its own citizens’ right to vote as sacred treat its noncitizens’ voting rights as sacred one day? Our democracy relies on us preserving both.
Again, Mr. Rodriguez conflates legal non-citizens with illegal non-citizens and doesn’t expect us to really notice. Legal non-citizens with green cards can become naturalized citizens at any time they choose. After they complete the process, they are eligible to vote like any other American. For obvious reasons, illegal non-citizens cannot become naturalized citizens and therefore are ineligible to vote – and should be deported in my opinion. Only U.S. citizens should vote. PERIOD.
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