San Francisco earned a dubious achievement this week, officially becoming the largest city in the United States that allows illegal immigrants and other noncitizens to vote in their local elections. The noncitizens are only allowed to participate in the local school board election this November, but many observers worry that this is a move in the wrong direction and a trial balloon for the Democratic Party as a whole.
If it can be said to be such an experiment, early indications are that it will be a failed one. Of the thousands of illegal aliens and noncitizens who live in the San Francisco Unified School District, only 35 have registered to vote in the election thus far. Not 35,000, but 35 individuals total. The Associated Press concluded that “the possibility of the Trump administration learning their identities appears to have kept people away.”
From the AP:
Voters in 2016 approved a measure allowing parents or guardians of a child in San Francisco schools to have a say in their children’s education by helping elect school board representatives regardless of their immigration status. In the same election, Donald Trump won the presidency and has since cracked down on illegal immigration and ramped up rhetoric against those living in the U.S. illegally.
“We’re in an unprecedented arena of animosity toward our immigrant community, and that has really stopped people from voting,” said San Francisco Supervisor Sandra Fewer, a former member of the school board and a supporter of the noncitizen voting measure.
Noncitizens must provide their address and date of birth to register. The number who had was low as of Monday, but people can still sign up and vote on Election Day.
The initiative to let illegal immigrants vote in local elections obviously has its supporters, but National Republican Committee member Harmeet Dhillon is not among them. The San Francisco attorney said that Democrats were deteriorating the meaning of what it means to be a U.S. citizen.
“Voting is a sacred privilege and a sacred right of citizens,” said Dhillon. “It should not be trivialized for political gain.”
Ah, but let’s be honest: Democrats don’t consider this a trivial issue at all. No, this is at the forefront of their schemes to become the party that can’t lose in just a few short years. Don’t think for a minute that all of their handwringing about Trump’s “racist” immigration policies are about genuine concern for incoming Mexicans and Central Americans. It’s about laying the foundation for a permanent underclass that will always, always vote for the politicians who promise to give them everything they need, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.