Just one day after announcing his intent to try and block the Federal “Secure Communities” program, the mayor of “Sanctuary City” New Haven, CT announced he would be asking the state legislature to grant illegal aliens in New Haven the right to vote in municipal elections.
Mayor John DeStefano argues that illegal aliens who live in New Haven pay local taxes and their kids go to school in the city, and deserve the right to vote:
DeStefano said he plans to lobby the state for a “resident voting rights” bill that would allow any resident of New Haven—regardless of immigration status—to vote in municipal elections in New Haven. He said he’ll launch the effort during this upcoming legislative session, which runs from February to May. This bill is about “how you define community, and how you define responsibility in community,” he said.
The Fifteenth Amendment (Amendment XV) to the United States Constitution: “Section 1. The right of CITIZENS of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”
But why should the mere Constitution give this far-left mayor any pause? He has already turned immigration laws on their head.
DeStefano, made national headlines in 2007 when the city approved a program that provides municipal identification cards for all residents — including illegal immigrants — to provide access to services such as banking and the library. The cards have also been used for illegals to – ILLEGALLY – access WIC, food stamps, free diapers and other welfare benefits funded by both Federal and state sources.
The ID card was a huge draw for illegals, who have come into New Haven by the thousands in the past 4 years. Official estimates place the number of illegals – mainly Ecuadoreans – at between 10,000 and 12,000, but dissenting experts place the figure closer to 20,000 – a staggering 15.5% of the city’s population.
How have these new additions to the city impacted it? In just 3 years since the ID was first offered, thank to illegals stealing jobs, the unemployment rate has risen at TWICE the national rate – with poor and lower middle-class blacks affected the most. New Haven’s murder, assault and robbery rates DOUBLED, and the city is now the 4th most dangerous in the U.S., according to FBI stats, and is poised to replace Hartford as Connecticut’s murder capital, for the first time this year.
Perhaps this wonderful record of achievement is why DeStefano was recently elected with his smallest plurality ever this past November – and explains why he would want thousands of illegal aliens voting, to make sure he remains Mayor-for-Life.
DeStefano will submit his bill to state law makers, but St. Sen. Andrew Roraback, a Republican on the Judiciary Committee, vows to fight it tooth and nail.
“No right is more cherished and more valued than the right to vote, and for us even contemplating extending that right to people who have come to this country unlawfully, is un-American, unpatriotic and unacceptable,” said Roraback.
Stand With Arizona and its CT Chapter (7,000 members strong) will be in Hartford next February to join Sen. Roraback, and stop this disgraceful bill from becoming law.
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