Tuesday, February 20, 2007


February 20, 2007 -- Immigrant-rights activists yesterday renewed their push to allow legal noncitizens to vote in the Big Apple.

A bill that would grant permanent residents and other legal immigrants the right to vote in municipal elections has been stalled in the City Council since last year.

"More than 50,000 adult noncitizen taxpayers in those two districts are disenfranchised by citizenship voting laws," said Cheryl Wertz, of New Immigrant Community Empowerment, referring to today's special election for council seats in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn), the sponsor of the Voting Rights Restoration Act, said that years ago, when immigrants were mostly European, they had voting rights.

"Then when the complexion of immigrants changes, then all of a sudden, the laws change," he said.

Ron Hayduk, a CUNY professor, concurred, saying immigrants voted in national elections from 1776 through 1926.

Now I am all for legal Immigration and having rights etc. Heck I am myself a legal immigrant into this country. But giving us voting rights?
What this professor is failing to explain is that in the earlier part of this countries existence there was a need to allow them to vote particularly in NYC because of the high entrance of Immigrants.

Will it be looked at more deeply by Congressmen and State Senators? Sure. Everyone seems to want a piece of that new Voting Bloc.

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