In an attempt to stop non-citizens from voting in the U.S., Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) has introduced a new bill to stop illegal voting.
This bill primarily aims to prohibit the “city government from using federal funds to facilitate non-citizen voting in elections in our nation’s capital.”
Sen. Ted Cruz explained the reasoning behind his bill, saying, “Voting is a distinct right and privilege that American citizens enjoy in the United States. It is a responsibility, not to be treated lightly, and it must be protected. Voters decide not only who will lead our country, our cities and communities, but also how our tax dollars should be spent and what policies we should adopt. 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 our country up to foreign influence, and allows those who are openly violating U.S. law or even working for hostile foreign governments to take advantage and direct our resources against our will.”
The new legislation is in response to the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act, passed in October 2022.
The bill, spearheaded by councilmember Brianne Nadeau, allows non-citizens who have lived in the city for 30 days to vote in local elections. However, they would still be prohibited from voting in any federal election.
Sen. Ted Cruz’s bill has found a lot of support among Republican politicians. Take a look at what they had to say below:
"Two and a half centuries ago, our nation was founded on the principle that sovereign people should determine their own destinies. Last month, the city council of our Nation’s capital fundamentally violated that founding principle in an effort to empower noncitizens – including illegal aliens and employees at embassies of governments that are openly hostile to the United States – to determine the outcome of local elections. The right to vote is at the very core of the principle of self-determination and what it means to be a citizen. The actions of the D.C. city council and a mayor who is unlikely to veto are the next and most damaging steps in an ongoing effort to erase any distinction between American citizens and noncitizens. We applaud Senator Cruz for stepping up to the plate in an effort to pre-emptively address this radical measure," stated RJ Hauman, who heads the government relations and communications at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)