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228 House Dems Vote Against Protecting American Votes from Being Canceled by Illegals'

Federal law prohibits non-citizens — much less illegal immigrants — from participating in U.S. federal elections, but that hasn’t stopped some Democrats in Congress from attempting to legislatively extend the right to vote to non-citizens and illegals, at least on the local municipality level … for now, so they say.

The Washington Times reported that a majority of House Democrats voted on Friday in favor of supporting localities that allow for legal non-citizens and even illegal aliens to vote in local elections, such as for school board members and other local matters, a growing trend among mostly blue cities and states run by Democrats.

The question arose as part of a larger debate over Democrat legislation known as H.R. 1, which would completely overhaul the U.S. elections system and processes. The measure within that legislation on illegals voting in local elections was put forward by Republicans as a way to make clear that illegals and non-citizens had no right to participate in any elections — federal, state or local

According to Fox News, the bill would have affirmed the belief that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”

The spirit is clearly to protect Americans’ voters from being canceled by illegals’ — now or in the future.

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That might seem utterly uncontroversial, but in 2019, many things that were once taken for granted are now open to question.

The measure was soundly defeated by Democrats by a margin of 228-197.

That vote total means only six House Democrats joined with Republicans to denounce allowing illegal immigrants to participate in elections, a far cry from the 49 Democrats who had joined with the GOP to vote for a similar measure in 2018, when Republicans held control of Congress.

To be sure, illegal immigrants and non-citizens are still prohibited from voting in federal elections, and nothing contained within the current legislative effort would change that, at least as of now.

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However, it is clear that there is support among Democrats for allowing illegals and non-citizens to have more of a say in the democratic process by granting them the right to vote.

And it isn’t a stretch to wonder how long it will be before they push to open up voting rights in federal elections, as well as local.

The disparity in the Democratic House members’ vote totals from now as compared to last year was duly noted by Republican Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who had pushed the issue to the floor for a vote.

Crenshaw tweeted on Friday, “Today I offered a motion to recommit #HR1 reaffirming that only US citizens should have the right to vote. Dems rejected it. Next time you go to the ballot box, keep that in mind. The future of their party is in cities like San Fran, where illegals can vote. Let that sink in.”

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The Times reported that Crenshaw said of the vote afterward, “It sounds like I’m making it up. What kind of government would cancel the vote of its own citizens, and replace it with non-citizens?”

And that right there gets to the crux of the matter — allowing illegal immigrants and non-citizens to cast a vote, even in just a local election, effectively cancels out a vote cast by a U.S. citizen.

Taking that thought process further, consider the Democratic Party’s support for allowing illegal immigrants to flood the country unchecked, coupled with the incessant push to grant them the same rights and access to benefits enjoyed by citizens.

And that’s not to mention the tendency of said migrants to then support the left and Democratic politicians as a sign of appreciation for their consideration.

Viewed that way, is it really any surprise that Democrats would ultimately want predominantly left-voting illegals and non-citizens to vote in federal elections, where each one of those heretofore prohibited votes would essentially cancel out the vote of a conservative citizen?

If Democrats eventually succeed in extending the right to vote in federal elections to illegal aliens and non-citizens, there is no question that the votes of millions of conservative Americans would effectively be nullified and rendered moot.

To borrow a phrase often championed by the left, they would be disenfranchised.

Democrats can loudly deny that they want to allow illegal immigrants and non-citizens to vote in federal elections or cancel out the votes of U.S. citizens, but their actions and support for it on the local level — not to mention their adamant opposition to voter ID laws that would prevent it — belie their true agenda of seizing and maintaining political power by any means possible.

And that clearly could include allowing illegals and non-citizens to vote for them.

This is yet another example of the left’s utter hypocrisy and duplicity toward the American people, as they are increasingly and routinely displaying that they hold more concern for the well-being and “rights” of illegal immigrants and non-citizens over that of U.S. citizens.

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Ben Marquis is a writer who identifies as a constitutional conservative/libertarian. He has written about current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. His focus is on protecting the First and Second Amendments.
Ben Marquis has written on current events and politics for The Western Journal since 2014. He reads voraciously and writes about the news of the day from a conservative-libertarian perspective. He is an advocate for a more constitutional government and a staunch defender of the Second Amendment, which protects the rest of our natural rights. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with the love of his life as well as four dogs and four cats.
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The School of Life
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