As soon as next week, the New York City Council could be voting on a measure that would enable non-citizens to register to vote in municipal elections.
If the bill were to pass, it would allow immigrants who were city residents for at least 30 days prior to the election – and who had valid work authorizations and green cards – the ability to vote.
To ensure this would not happen, Republicans prepare to challenge the vote in court if necessary.
Party chairman Nick Langworthy, speaking on behalf of the New York State Republican Party, pledged legal – and any necessary – action – to combat this “dangerous legislation” for undermining local elections.
Data from the New York Times reveals that this bill could see as many as 800,000 non-citizen residents participating in municipal elections.
Commenting on the consequences of the vote, Langworthy expressed his disdain, saying this was “perhaps the worst idea out of New York City Democrats ever.”
The bill, which the Republicans believe “was always the next step in the left’s plan to radically transform American for the worse” would only add to the numerous benefits afforded to illegal immigrants in the city and further establish New York City as a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants.
According to Langworthy, the bill violates U.S and New York State constitutions, as the right to vote is reserved for citizens of the United States of America. Beyond being unconstitutional, Langworthy noted the bill would be a significant threat as it could allow foreign powers to influence the U.S elections.
Langworthy further expressed that Mayor Bill de Blasio, whom he referred to as “the worst mayor in New York City history,” questioned whether the city council had the legal authority to take such action. But, according to Langworthy, de Blasio “backtracked,” choosing to side with progressives by agreeing to sign the bill if it landed on his desk.
This is in line with earlier statements de Blasio made to a local radio show in September, when he acknowledged that the law was not on the council’s side, and mentioned that the bill could discourage citizenship. At the time, he said, “I think there’s a real set of mixed feelings it generates in me about what’s the right way to approach this issue.”
David Carr, New York City Council member, who supported Langworthy, vowed to take legal action against the bill, saying, “If we are not able to beat it in the council next week, we will beat it in the court.”