Despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to crack down on immigration violations, officials in College Park, Maryland, are pushing for a plan that gives undocumented immigrants the right to vote in local elections.
College Park is the home of University of Maryland campus and some 30,000 residents. It the most recent city in Maryland to implement these measures, but certainly not the first. Many left-leaning cities in Maryland, including Baltimore, are against President Trump’s crack down on immigration violations.
Local elections focus on things such as trash collection, snow removal, and other municipal services that affect people regardless of their citizenship status.
The proposal would only allow undocumented immigrants to vote in local elections, not vote for president, senator, congressman, or governor.
College Park City Councilwoman Christine Nagle said, “These are folks who have a significant stake in our community, and who rely on facilities in our city.”
She continued, “To me, it just made sense.”
College Park City Councilwoman Mary Cook weighed in, “I do not agree that noncitizens should be voting.” She did, although, agree to listen to her opposers before finalizing a decision.
The consensus among those who are opposed to the measure is that immigrants should not have a say in the direction of the community until they complete the process of being a citizen.
Jeff Turner, an advocate of tighter immigration laws, said, “people who are in the country legally should have a voice in their communities, but if they are not citizens, their participation should not extend as far as voting.”
He finished by saying, “What gives them that privilege?”