Non-citizen immigrants may soon be given one of the most sacred rights endowed to all Americans – the right to vote in the United States. The Boston City Council has begun hearings on the issue.
Fox News reports:
“Those who could become eligible to vote would include: legal permanent residents, DACA recipients, those with Temporary Protected Status and visa holders.
“Council President Andrea Campbell requested the hearing in an effort to make voting in Boston elections more inclusive, the Boston Globe reported.
“On Monday, Campbell clarified that Tuesday’s meeting ‘is just a conversation, not a vote on an ordinance.’
“’I can no longer only go to rallies or send resolutions to [President] Trump,’ she said in a tweet. ‘What can we DO at the local level to support our immigrants? The discussion will include voting [and] OTHER possibilities.’”
Tomorrow is just a conversation, not a vote on an ordinance. I can no longer only go to rallies or send resolutions to Trump; what can we DO at the local level to support our immigrants? The discussion will include voting & OTHER possibilities. #bospoli https://t.co/e1eb4oJpY6 https://t.co/qKA7pH4yPV
— Andrea J. Campbell (@CampbellforD4) July 9, 2018
Almost 200,000 people in Boston are immigrants. That’s 28.5 percent of the total population. Immigrants have contributed around $116 million in taxes.
The City Council, mayor, legislature, and the governor would have to approve of this measure in order to allow them the right to vote.
Initially, Campbell wanted to give the right to vote to illegal aliens. She has since backed off that proposal.