San Francisco Registers Illegal Immigrants To Vote
One America News: Tipping Point With Liz Wheeler (January 20th, 2018)
Liz Wheeler reports on the move to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections in San Francisco, and breaks down what implications it could have in state and federal elections.
original report: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2vGfSFTURw
"As Election Day quickly approaches, San Francisco is getting ready to try something new by allowing non-citizen parents to vote in the school board elections...Amy Lin is the immigrant rights program manager at Chinese for Affirmative Action, an organization that has been doing community outreach to non-citizens. She says it’s not just about the number of voters; it’s about empowerment...City officials say one-third of all parents whose kids are in San Francisco public schools are non-citizens."
"A controversial drive in San Francisco to register non-citizens, including undocumented immigrants, to vote in school elections signed up 49 people at an estimated cost of $310,000, or about $6,300 per voter...Chicago and some Maryland cities also allow non-citizen residents to vote in school board elections...Several cities in Massachusetts, including Cambridge, Amherst, Brookline and others, have at various times voted to allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, but those moves require legislation from state lawmakers to take effect...Shamann Walton, a San Francisco Unified School District commissioner who supported the push, said that while it may have turned out to be largely symbolic this year, he still hopes it produces real change in the future"
"California has gone further than any other state in offering opportunities to those here illegally, including providing special driver’s licenses, college tuition breaks and child healthcare...An estimated 35,000 people without legal status live in San Francisco, according to a 2017 Pew Research report...Los Angeles and Orange counties are home to an estimated 1 million people who are in the country illegally, according to a 2017 Pew Research Center study. In California, it’s about 2.35 million."
"Proponents argued that expanding school board elections to non-citizens made sense given estimates that about one-third of children in the school system have foreign-born parents."
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