(Fox News) Like his neighbors, Claude Rwaganje pays taxes on his income and taxes on his cars. His children have gone to Portland’s public schools. He’s interested in the workings of Maine’s largest city, which he has called home for 13 years.
There’s one vital difference, though: Rwaganje isn’t a U.S. citizen and isn’t allowed to vote on those taxes
or on school issues. That may soon change.
Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it.
Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it’s only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said.
“We have immigrants who are playing key roles in different issues of this country, but they don’t get the right to vote,” said Rwaganje, 40, who moved to the U.S. because of political strife in his native Congo and runs a nonprofit that offers financial advice to immigrants.
Don’t feed me this bleating-heart nonsense that these non-citizens pay taxes like everyone and should therefore be allowed to vote. No. If you want a legal vote in this country you must become a citizen.
What’s so wrong or unfair about that? Answer: Absolutely nothing.
Christian preacher arrested in Britain by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender liaison (yes, apparently there is such a position on Britain) for violating the Public Order Act by simply saying homosexuality is a sin. My question to you: how long before we have laws against so-called “hate speech” like the Public Order Act here in America? Simply offending or insulting someone would be a crime punishable by imprisonment!
Also on today’s podcast: The Report from Washington with WorldNetDaily columnist, author, and conservative radio talk-show host Ellis Washington. Ellis discusses his latest column, Kill the welfare state, Part 2.
“There has been a very unfortunate racist tone that has emerged in a lot of the discussion about immigration and that’s inexcusable. We must be a country that welcomes legal immigrants to this country.
No Carly, there isn’t a “racist” tone, there is an anti-illegal tone.
I’m sick and tired of those of us who vehemently oppose illegal immigration being called anti-immigration in general, xenophobic, or flat-out racist. This is exactly the same as what’s going on if you disagree with President Obama–you must be a racist.
To the Republicans of California: I implore you to choose Chuck DeVore over Carly Fiorina in the California U.S. Senate GOP primary. She would be nothing but another RINO/liberal.
“I wished they hadn’t passed it. I think there is going to be some constitutional problems with the bill….At the end of the day, I think there are better tools.”
Well of course Rove doesn’t support the law! It’s completely antithetical to the so-called “comprehensive immigration reform” he ardently advocated vicariously through President Bush and Senators McCain and Kennedy.
Don’t believe anyone when they tell you that we can’t deport most of the 12-20 mil. illegals in this country.
If you remove the incentives to be here illegally and then replace them with disincentives and severe penalties, this is what happens:
Many of the cars that once stopped in the Home Depot parking lot to pick up day laborers to hang drywall or do landscaping now just drive on by.
Arizona’s sweeping immigration bill allows police to arrest illegal immigrant day laborers seeking work on the street or anyone trying to hire them. It won’t take effect until summer but it is already having an effect on the state’s underground economy.
“Nobody wants to pick us up,” Julio Loyola Diaz says in Spanish as he and dozens of other men wait under the shade of palo verde trees and lean against a low brick wall outside the east Phoenix home improvement store.
Many day laborers like Diaz say they will leave Arizona because of the law, which also makes it a state crime to be in the U.S. illegally and directs police to question people about their immigration status if there is reason to suspect they are illegal immigrants.
If we had a federal law that mirrored this new Arizona law, illegals would deport themselves because there would no longer be incentives to be here illegally.
The current crop of GOP “leadership” might just be some of the most equivocating, cowardly politicians we have seen in America. Even with poll after poll showing that a significant majority of Americans want Obamacare repealed, the GOP so-called leadership is still unsure if it show encourage candidates to campaign this fall on a full repeal.
“I am sympathetic to the problem and the challenge the people of Arizona and their elected leaders face with this issue…there is an absence of direction at the federal level on this,” said Thune (John Thune), a South Dakota Republican who is viewed as a possible presidential contender in 2012.
“I think the federal government needs to step up, that’s why I support a comprehensive approach,” Cornyn said, but only if President Barack Obama invests some political capital—and so far “I haven’t seen any investment whatsoever other than just lip service,” he said. (My emphasis)
Take a stand! Either you support it or you don’t. How hard is that?
Hey Republican leadership, there is something called courage. Get some!
Mexicans in Arizona should carry documentation and “act carefully” after the state passed a law requiring local police to determine the immigration status of anyone suspected of being in the country illegally, Mexico’s Foreign Ministry said.
“There is an adverse political environment for migrant communities and all Mexican visitors,” Mexico’s ministry said. “It’s important to act carefully and respect the local laws.”
The Mexican Foreign Ministry has it wrong. There isn’t an adverse political climate for migrant communities. There is a justifiably adverse political climate for illegal migrants.
If the Mexican government truly cared about the safety of its citizens, it would be more concerned with combating the widespread drug war going on down there than with American immigration policy.
To the Mexican government: shut up and get your own country in order before criticizing ours!
The problem with our economic system–capitalism–isn’t lack of regulation; it’s the greed and worship of wealth by some of its participants. So the answer to Wall Street’s problems isn’t more regulation like the Democrats want you to believe. What Wall Street needs is an infusion of integrity and personal responsibility, both of which can’t and be legislated.
The Mexican government is upset over Arizona’s new law criminalizing illegal immigration. Here is a tip for the Mexican government: Stop worrying about American immigration policy and start fixing your drug war that’s overtaking your country and spilling into America! Thanks!
Also on today’s podcast, this week’s installment of The Report from Washington with Ellis Washington. We discuss his latest column Kill the welfare state!