“On the Holmes Front,” with Frank Holmes
In most places, a smart politician’s first instinct is to look out for the people who voted for him.
But then, New York City isn’t like most places.
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The new mayor, Eric Adams, just came into office — and he’s already decided he has something better to do than serve the folks who voted him the leader of the Big Apple. And he won’t have to worry about giving New Yorkers the cold shoulder, because he plans to erase their votes.
Adams just approved a new law that lets people who are not U.S. citizens vote in New York City elections—including his re-election bid in three years.
The City Council passed a bill that would give non-citizens the right to cast a ballot in every election going forward in December, and Mayor Adams let it become law this year without his signature.
The law lets permanent legal residents, who have green cards, vote. In New York, a city with eight million inhabitants, green card holders make up 10 percent of the city’s population.
It also rewards the illegal aliens Barack Obama protected from deportation—DACA recipients—with the right to vote.
Add their numbers together, and New York Democrats just opened up the gates to let 800,000 non-citizens vote in citywide elections.
Their votes will now count the same as native-born citizens and immigrants who legally became citizens of the U.S.A.
Adams and his Democratic Party buddies just erased the votes of 800,000 New Yorkers.
“The right to vote is at the very core of the principle of self-determination and what it means to be a citizen. By allowing this extreme voting bill to become law, Mayor Eric Adams has taken the most damaging step in the Democratic Party’s ongoing efforts to erase any distinction between American citizens, green card holders, guestworkers, and those here illegally,” said Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
“About 1.1 million votes were cast in the recent mayoral election. With the addition of some 800,000 foreign nationals to the voter rolls, they will almost certainly have an impact on the outcome of future elections,” Stein continued. “This number is sure to grow due to an increase in all forms of immigration under President Biden, as well as the fact that you only have to live in the city for 30 days to be eligible to vote.”
To make matters worse, the law is unconstitutional—because the New York state constitution makes it impossible for non-citizens to vote.
“Every citizen shall be entitled to vote at every election” as long as the person has “been a resident of this state, and of the county, city, or village for 30 days,” reads Article 2, Section 1.
Under the new law, someone could move from anywhere in the world, wait 30 days, then start affecting the laws in one of America’s largest cities.
That doesn’t sit well with a lot of New Yorkers. A group of Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit in Staten Island to stop the law from going onto the books.
“The law is clear and the ethics are even clearer: we shouldn’t be allowing citizens of other nations to vote in our elections, full stop,” said New York Republican Party Chairman Nick Langworthy. “We are only two weeks into the Adams Administration and he is already kowtowing to the radical City Council.”
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But if you thought Eric Adams wasn’t totally committed because he didn’t sign the bill, think again. Adams named the council member who cooked up the crazy voting bill, Ydanis Rodriguez, as his new transportation commissioner. And his office told the media, “The Administration intends to vigorously defend the law in court.”
That’s not right, and everybody—or, at least, everybody who doesn’t stand to gain from it politically—knows it.
Who should have a say in making America’s laws?
Veterans, who risked their lives on foreign shores to defend the Constitution in international wars.
Grandmothers, who raised their kids — and possibly their kids’ kids — to love and respect the country where they live.
Legal immigrants, who followed the law, studied the Constitution, and passed a citizenship test.
Average people, the kind who have no politician looking out for them — the kind who go from their apartment to a job that they may not love in order to put food on their table and clothes on their children’s backs.
People like you. People like us. And no politician should water down or erase our votes by letting people who are still citizens of another country cast a ballot in our place.
It’s our country—at least, for now—and we need to defend it.
Frank Holmes is a veteran journalist and an outspoken conservative that talks about the news that was in his weekly article, “On The Holmes Front.”