The city of San Francisco will allow non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in the upcoming November election for the city school board.
The new law is a follow-up on the city’s 2016 ballot measure that gave non-US citizens over 18 that have children under the age of 19 the right to vote.
The first two attempts at passing this measure failed, but the third time turned out to be the charm.
According to Hillary Ronen of the city’s Board of Supervisors, “This is no-brainer legislation. Why would we not want our parents invested in the education of their children?”
“We want to give immigrants the right to vote,” said Supervisor Norman Yee.
“As a parent myself and a former member of the SF Board of Education it is critical that the voices of all parents are at the table, particularly those that have historically been denied a voice in the process,” said Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer.
The reactions are not all positive, however, Republican National Committee member Harmeet Dhillon voiced his concern over the new legislation.
“The reason I voted against it is that I think the right to vote is something that goes along with citizenship, and as it should be,” said Dhillon.
Supporters of the measure do have some concerns over how it could be used to crack down on illegal immigrants since voting records are considered public information.
"The victory is that San Franciscans voted for this. In the face of what's happening nationwide now, we stand strong. ... But there is also a risk,” said Supervisor Fewer. “So we as San Franciscans have set aside a fund to make sure that these immigrant communities are fully educated on their rights, but also their risks in this time and place in our country."
"I think in this case in particular, what is very risky is that we don't know where this president will go," she continued. "Are there risks involved? Absolutely. But quite frankly, there are risks involved for all of us with the Trump administration.”
This just goes to show just how broken our immigration system is. Whenever the Trump administration plugs one hole, the Democrats make a new one.