New York Democrat Introduces Legislation - Claims Illegal Immigrants Have The Right To Vote

New York state Sen. Gustavo Rivera wants to pass legislation to give illegal immigrants the right to vote in local and state elections, Reuters reports.

In terms of the broad benefits available to non-citizens, this bill is the first of its kind in America.

The main objective of the New York Is Home Act, according to Rivera, is to integrate illegal immigrants, who are estranged from participation in civic, economic, and political life. The legislation not only gives illegal immigrants the right to vote, but establishes a kind of second-tiered citizenship on a state level, in which illegal immigrants can apply for tuition assistance, health insurance, and driver’s and professional licenses, among other benefits.

“It’s mind-boggling,” says Michael Olivas, a professor at the University of Houston Law Center who specializes in immigration law, according to Businessweek. “I don’t believe there’s ever been a serious attempt to codify so many benefits and opportunities.”

But Rivera is confident that his model is right for New York, and right as a model for the rest of the country, although he admits that the bill “certainly will not pass this session,” comparing it to the development of same-sex "marriage" legislation.

According to the language in the bill, so long as non-citizens can demonstrate that they have lived and paid taxes in New York for three years, they are eligible for the broad spectrum of benefits available under the legislation.

In order to obtain these benefits, non-citizens would have to take an oath to uphold the constitution of the state and agree to serve on a jury if requested.

As inspiration for the sponsoring the bill, Rivera pointed to concerns about the stagnation of immigration reform in Congress.. “With failure at the national level on comprehensive immigration reform, the question we have asked is what can states do?” Rivera said.


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8 thoughts on “New York Democrat Introduces Legislation - Claims Illegal Immigrants Have The Right To Vote

  1. Although public opinion may tell us what some people desire at a particular time, it cannot tell us what they would want if more educated.

  2. Mike_Travis says:

    Like all good commie progressives, Rivera is dead wrong. By law, illegals deserve to be deported or imprisoned, and traitors like Rivera (along with Ovomit and his fellow traitors in congress) deserve to be executed for Treason.

  3. Running scared after you and your other minions tried to put Obama in as a dictator! And bringing in all of the illegals, not counting those who would vote 5 or 10 times, our country would be demolished in just a few years! I think you have been smoking too much wackie tobaccie! Stay out of the circus man!

  4. Granting non-citizens the right to vote is illegal. But then, when does this regime recognize or follow our laws? Mr. Rivera, another minion of satan's!

  5. barbarakelly says:

    What is Gods name is this Rivera thinking. Has he totally lost his marbles. It is not the law for anyone BUT an American citizen to vote. Where did this person come from. How stupid and what a idiot. It looks like this person better take a refresher course on the Constitution of our NATION.!!!!!

    • More like what is he smoking? I'm sure his idea will pass with flying colors as illegals already get all kinds of welfare and can get American State driver's licenses. Hey, maybe they can drive all the disenfranchised black voters we hear so much about to the polls. Is that kind of like a twofer?

  6. patriotusa2 says:

    With a name like Gustavo Rivera, what did anyone expect? The division between Democrats and Republicans are bad enough without all this ideological diversity and bias. Japan was smart, they kept their governing body homogenous while welcoming other people to live in their country.

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