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PoliCon
10-26-2010, 10:08 AM
Last Wednesday, a group of progressive volunteers gathered in Monument Square in Portland, Maine, to quiz passersby about citizenship. Could they answer sample civics questions from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services test to become an American citizen? (Most couldn’t.) Did they know how much it costs to become a citizen or how long it can take? (Most estimates were too low.) Did they know about Question 4 on the Portland, Maine, city ballot Nov. 2?

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In a city where legal immigrants make up about 15 percent of the population, the progressive groups Maine People’s Alliance and the League of Young Voters are working to encourage voters to extend voting rights to legal immigrants who have not yet become citizens. They argue these residents live, work and pay taxes in the city, but due to the difficulty of obtaining citizenship are unfairly denied the right to determine how the city spends its funds.

“Legal immigrants are active members of the community and shouldn’t be denied a voice because of these major barriers,” said Reva Eiferman, an organizer with Maine People’s Alliance. “There’s a disconnect between the citizenship process within the immigration system and an individual’s right to have their voice heard in their city.”

As cities and states across the country consider legislation aimed at limiting the flow of outsiders to their areas, a few municipalities are moving in the opposite direction, pushing to expand the rights of immigrants living within their borders. In Portland, Question 4 would allow legal immigrants to vote in municipal elections. A ballot proposition in San Francisco aims to take voting one step further, allowing even illegal immigrants to vote in school elections as long as they are the parents of a public school student. In New York, city council members plan to introduce legislation allowing legal residents to vote in city elections within the next few months.

These efforts show that while anti-immigrant sentiment is prevalent, it’s not universal, supporters argue.

“It responds to what’s happening nationwide — the new policies in Arizona included — in a positive way,” Eiferman said.

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NJCardFan
10-26-2010, 10:23 AM
Once again, if these illegals were raging conservatives, the left would be personally loading them into buses and driving them back across the border.

PoliCon
10-26-2010, 10:26 AM
Once again, if these illegals were raging conservatives, the left would be personally loading them into buses and driving them back across the border.

Dude - not illegals. Did you even read it?? :p

Arroyo_Doble
10-26-2010, 10:33 AM
I would disagree with this. There is a more vested interest in governing by those who are citizens. Transient concerns by foreigners, not to mention the interests of their home nation, should not have sway in our governing institutions.

Mike Honcho
10-26-2010, 11:24 AM
Once again, if these illegals were raging conservatives

“Legal immigrants are active members of the community"

That little comprehension thing comes into play again:p

NJCardFan
10-26-2010, 11:53 AM
Dude - not illegals. Did you even read it?? :p

Then I rephrase...

If these legal immigrants who have not yet become citizens were raging conservatives, would they be pushing as hard?

Gingersnap
10-26-2010, 12:57 PM
I would disagree with this. There is a more vested interest in governing by those who are citizens. Transient concerns by foreigners, not to mention the interests of their home nation, should not have sway in our governing institutions.

This is true. Citizenship is a privilege and it should mean something to the people who hold it. There are many people in this country who are here to work or study but who do not have any vested interest in the country beyond their immediate personal concerns. They aren't going to retire here or do long-term investing here. They send their money overseas and expect to return to their homelands.

I don't want these people voting anymore than I want the snowbirds dabbling in Colorado politics.

Hawkgirl
10-26-2010, 05:58 PM
Democrats have legal and illegal immigrants, dead people voting....this isn't a big surprise.

AmPat
10-26-2010, 07:17 PM
Bucking Anti-Immigrant Trend, Some Communities Push for Non-Citizen Voting Anyone here think that the good citizens of Juarez are pushing for a gringo's right to vote in mexico?

PoliCon
10-26-2010, 08:18 PM
Anyone here think that the good citizens of Juarez are pushing for a gringo's right to vote in mexico? But that's different!111!!!!!:rolleyes: