special: Sen. Ted Cruz introduced a new bill that would prevent Washington, D.C., from using federal funds to allow illegal immigrants to vote in elections.
The D.C. City Council voted 12-1 last month to advance a bill that would allow noncitizens to vote. Municipal elections. The bill states that if non-citizens are eligible to vote, they may do so in local elections as long as they Lives in DC. For at least 30 days.
The bill was sent to Mayor Muriel Bowser for approval, and once she clears it, the bill will be sent to Congress under the DC Home Rule Act. If she vetoes the measure, the veto can be overridden if she gets the support of two-thirds of the council, which she does.
The bill by Cruz, R-Texas, would prohibit the District of Columbia from using any federal funds to enforce noncitizen voting decisions.
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“Voting is a distinct right and a privilege that American citizens enjoy in the United States. It’s a responsibility, not to be taken lightly, and to be protected,” Cruz told Fox News Digital. Should.”
“Voters decide not only who will lead our country, our cities and communities, but also how our tax dollars are spent and what policies we pursue,” Cruz added. “Even the Washington Post agrees that non-citizen voting is a terrible idea. Allowing non-citizens and illegal immigrants to vote in our elections opens up our country to foreign influence, and allows those who are in flagrant violation of U.S. law or acting as hostile foreign governments to take advantage and direct our resources against our will.”
The move has drawn backlash from parties on both sides of the political spectrum, including The Washington Post, which last month called it a “bad idea” because it could hurt Democrats’ chances in the midterms.
The D.C. Council advanced a bill to allow noncitizens to vote
The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), Numbers USA and other organizations have also condemned the council’s move.
“The measures by the DC City Council and a mayor who are unlikely to veto are the next step in an ongoing effort to close the gap between US citizens and non-citizens,” said RJ Homan, FAIR’s director of government relations and communications. are the most harmful actions.”
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Cruz’s bill came as Sen. Tom Cotton, R.Ark. introduced a resolution in Congress last month that would block D.C.’s bill, which he called a “crazy policy.” Cruz said he would also introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution if Bowser signs the bill into law.
Under the DC Home Rule Act, members of Congress are able to veto bills passed by the Legislature and approved by the mayor. After the bill is introduced, it can be rejected if the House and Senate pass a resolution of disapproval of Cotton within 30 days, otherwise it becomes law.
“Allowing illegal immigrants to vote is an insult to every voter in America,” Cotton, R-Ark., told Fox News Digital. “Every single Democrat should be on the record as to whether they support this insane policy.”