San Francisco Democrats have failed two times to grant illegal immigrants voting rights. Now they’re hoping the third time is a charm – and they’re relying on GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to help them.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors member Eric Mar believes the anti-Trump political climate in the city will help push through his proposed amendment.
Mar says he wants illegal immigrants with children in the city’s public school system to vote in school elections.
“With Donald Trump’s racist and anti-immigrant sentiments, there is a reaction from many of us who are disgusted by his politics,” Mar told Fox News. “I think that’s going to ensure there is strong Latino turnout as well as other immigrant turnout.”
According to The Public Policy Institute of California, “almost a quarter of the nation’s undocumented immigrants reside in California, where they make up slightly more than 6 percent of the state’s population.”
That ensures the passing of Mar’s proposed amendment would create a large increase in the San Francisco voter rolls.
To their credit, San Fran voters have twice narrowly rejected previous proposals to extend voting rights to illegals, once in 2004 and again in 2010. Mar is attempting to get the charter amendment on the ballot for the third time for the November 8th presidential elections.
The proposed amendment has critics outraged.
“It is wrong to extend the vote to individuals who have not entered the American social compact or made a commitment to our Constitution, our law, and our cultural and political heritage by becoming citizens. It is even worse to extend the franchise to illegal aliens whose very first act is to violate our laws; that encourage contempt for the law,” Hans von Spakovsky, senior legal fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former Federal Elections Commission member, told Fox News.
In the next coming weeks, the charter amendment will go to a rules committee, and then on to the board of supervisors who will make the final decision on whether it will appear on the ballot.
— The Horn editorial team