With weeks to go before the midterm elections and polling showing that the Republicans’ signature achievement of the Trump presidency — tax cuts — are unpopular, Republicans feel the need to act to draw some sort of contrast with Democratic lawmakers. The solution offered by House GOP leadership is to vote on and pass what amounts to a strongly worded letter reprimanding local governments for allowing illegal immigrants to vote.
Breitbart News reports House Republicans are preparing to vote on a resolution authored by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that “states that it is the position of the House of Representatives that allowing illegal aliens the right to vote disenfranchises American citizens.”
Here is the text of the resolution:
Recognizing that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens. Whereas voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy; Whereas the Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes, and age; Whereas it is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting; Whereas the Constitution allows States and localities to grant non-citizens the right to vote in non-Federal elections; Whereas the city of San Francisco, California, is allowing non-citizens, including illegal immigrants, to register to vote in school board elections; and Whereas Federal law prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for Federal office: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the House of Representatives recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.
Matthew Boyle, reporting for Breitbart News, notes that this resolution follows action taken by San Francisco and other cities to open up local voting rights to illegal aliens.
Well, hip hip hooray! Republicans see that liberal cities are allowing illegal immigrants to disenfranchise American voters by canceling their votes with votes from individuals who are not citizens and entered the U.S. in violation of the law, and the GOP is ready to pass a resolution saying that’s bad.
What about passing laws to secure the border and stop illegal immigration? Will the Republicans in Congress vote on funding President Trump’s proposed border wall? Will they enact needed immigration reforms like any of the 25 no-brainer ideas CR’s Daniel Horowitz has proposed?
This is exactly like the missed opportunity in July, where House Republicans voted on a toothless resolution supporting Immigration and Customs Enforcement instead of exposing the Democrats by bringing up a real bill to abolish ICE to a vote. Will Republicans give voters any concrete policies to support in the November midterms?
No, conservatives are expected to vote Republican because they pass toothless resolutions!
What a pathetic waste of time.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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