2003 December 11 Thursday
UCLA Chicano Studies Academic Calls For Voting Rights For Non-Citizens

Consider this as nature's way of trying to tell American citizens that illegal aliens ought to be deported en masse.

A new study by UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center recommends increasing public debate about whether noncitizens in California should vote and developing a consensus for a constitutional amendment that would permit noncitizens to vote in local elections.

According to study author and UCLA law lecturer Joaquin Avila, a de facto political apartheid will exist in California if steps are not taken to include more than 4.6 million non‑citizen adults in the voting process.

"The new census data shows that many communities in California have significant Latino non-citizen populations who do not have the right to vote," said Avila, a voting rights expert and former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "The continued political exclusion of this non-citizen population will have negative repercussions on community grass-roots efforts to promote a more inclusive and cohesive society."

In California, noncitizens make up nearly 19 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.6 million adults, according to the study. Three million of these noncitizens are Latinos.

In 12 cities, noncitizens make up the majority of adults. These cities include Santa Ana, Bell Gardens and San Joaquin in Fresno County. In Los Angeles, which is the largest city in the state, non-citizen adults comprise about one-third of the population.

All pronouncements that illegal immigration is unstoppable are false. A wall could be built along the entire stretch of the US-Mexico border to stop the influx of illegal aliens. Local police could be ordered to arrest and hold for deportation all illegal aliens that they encounter. Numerous other policies could be adopted to make it difficult for illegal aliens to reach and stay in the United States. The alternative is a less cohesive, higher tax, higher crime, and higher poverty society that crowds out citizens who can no longer afford to live in California.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2003 December 11 11:20 AM  Immigration Border Control

Proborders said at December 11, 2003 7:37 PM:


If the vote is given to California's non-citizens, the big winners would include the Democrats and the Hispanics.

To discourage illegal immigration employers should be required to periodically verify every current employee's eligibility to work in the United States. Prior to hiring a person, employers should be required to determine that the applicant is eligible to be employed in the United States. Something like Operation Tarmac (http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/55122_airport19.shtml) could be conducted at all businesses in the country.

An effective voluntary illegal alien departure program could be implemented. Under such a plan illegal aliens would be allowed to remain in the country for a short period of time. Maybe a week or a few weeks. If illegal aliens participate in the program (and depart as promised), they would not be subject to the 10 year ban on immigration to the United States.

Randall, I think it is better to increase legal immigration and not give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens than to have the current system under which millions of illegal aliens work in this country.

The GOP will likely have difficulties in electing Presidents in the future.

In California a plurality (if not majority) of live births are to Hispanic women. In Arizona a plurality of live births are to non-Hispanic white women. However, within 3 years Hispanic women will likely surpass non-Hispanic white women in live births per year in Arizona. In New Mexico most live births are to Hispanic women. In Texas a plurality of live births are to Hispanic women. In Texas a majority of live births are to black women and Hispanic women.

California's and New Mexico's electoral votes last went to a Republican when Bush 1 was elected in 1988 (see http://nationalatlas.gov/elections/elect13.gif). However, Arizona's electoral votes went to Bush 1 in both 1988 and 1992 and to Bush 2 in 2000. Texas' electoral votes went to Bush 1, Bush 1, Dole, and Bush 2 in 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000, respectively.

If California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas were to consistently cast their electoral votes for the Democrat candidates for President, it would be very difficult for a Republican to be elected President unless a major political realignment were to occur.

"Maps for Presidential Elections 1789-2000" can be viewed via http://nationalatlas.gov/electionsprint.html.

Reptoid said at December 11, 2003 9:08 PM:

Amazing how the leftist cabal cloaks their grab for power in the guise of fairness and caring for the little people. Can't say I'm surprised though, after the fiasco to award driver licenses to illegal immigrants, I knew the voter issue was going to come next. If you think taxes in CA are out of control now, just wait 'til the non-tax paying illegals step up to the voting booth. I agree, it's better to deport illegal aliens then to coddle them. If they want to be citizens let them take the legal route to doing so.

AMac said at December 12, 2003 6:29 AM:

"A new study by UCLA's Chicano Studies Research Center recommends increasing public debate about whether noncitizens in California should vote..."

Well, that's a sentiment I can agree with. Except I'd extend it to say

"... should vote with greater frequency than they already do, given the ease of voter registration and the relative absence of identity verification at polling places."

Of course, the election of Schwarzenegger and the repeal of driver's-licenses-to-illegal-aliens might be parts of that public debate. I wonder if that's what the Chicano Studies authors meant.

Jon said at October 6, 2004 11:12 PM:

I don't see anything in that quote that calls for giving voting privelages to illegal aliens. There are many non-citizens who are LEGAL aliens, with work visas, study visas or permenant resident status. I'm not sure where I stand on giving legal aliens the right to vote, but it's not fair to characterize this as a movement to give illegal aliens voting rights.

Randall Parker said at October 7, 2004 1:26 AM:

Jon, This guy wants to give voting rights to 4.6 million aliens in California. A substantial fraction of those aliens are illegal.

Roxan said at October 22, 2004 12:38 AM:

BOTH parties are involved in this mess. Not just the left. Look at Bush lately with amnesty to illegal aliens. I don't know who the dumb-dumb whose idea it was to give Social Security to illegals after only a short time here and that was shortly Greenspan said Social Security was facing a problem. There are also supposed laws in place to prosecute employers who hire illegals but nobody appears to be enforcing it.

I think we are in real trouble unless we address this. We have Gil Cedillo, Manny Diaz, Art Torres, Nancy Pelosi, Bustamante and others along with businesses, Vicente Fox and Jorge Ramos who want the borders wide open despite 9/11. How dare BOTH parties ignore this?

Kerry and Bush are blathering about Terrorism and Homeland Security and are almost completely silent on this issue. Time had a really good issue on illegal immigration and this would be true: You're at an airport and they're searching the heck out of you including your shoes, but who's inspecting the illegals? Do we even have the faintest idea who is coming in?

Anonymous said at February 3, 2006 11:04 AM:

I think that illegal immigrants should be allowed to vote after a period of quarantine of about 5 years to ensure that they are mentally stable and have no deadly diseases (e.g. cholera, malaria, etc.). After this period, they should be able to vote and enjoy the rights and freedoms of legal American citizens.

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