Nebraska Democrats include voter registration form in ‘welcome baskets’ for refugees

Nebraska Democrats include voter registration form in ‘welcome baskets’ for refugees
Nebraska Democrats include voter registration form in "welcome baskets" for refugees. (Image source: YouTube)

The Nebraska Democratic Party has no problem with refugees being settled in their state. In fact, they’re so excited about refugees coming to the Cornhusker State that they’re giving each refugee their own “welcoming basket.”

According to the Conservative Review, the welcome baskets include essential items like diapers, kitchen utensils, toilet paper, dishes, towels, blankets, small appliances — oh, and a voter registration form.

In a video posted earlier this month, Nebraska Democratic Party chairwoman Jane Kleeb explained that her party decided to put the baskets together after President Donald Trump issued his “racist travel ban” in late January.

In the video, Kleeb explains that Nebraska welcomes more refugees on a per-capita basis than any other state and that her party has been working on the baskets since February.

“When Trump put in his racist travel ban we put out a call-to-action to Democrats across the state saying, ‘Help us create welcome baskets for refugee and immigrant families who are making Nebraska their home,” Kleep said.

“The response has been overwhelming,” she explained. “This is just what Democrats do. We not only keep elected officials accountable … but we also make sure we’re connecting to our community on the issues that deeply effect all of us.”

“We really want to make sure folks are embraced by the Nebraska Democratic Party,” Kleeb went on to say in the video, comparing what they’re doing to what Americans did when they welcomed new immigrants at Ellis Island in the 20th century.

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The inclusion of a voter registration form in a “welcome” gift basket designed for refugee families is eyebrow-raising. Individuals with refugee status in the United States are only allowed to naturalize after they spend a minimum of five years in the U.S. and obtain permanent residence (a green card). But presumably, individuals who accept a “welcome” basket are new arrivals to the U.S. and have not met the requirements to become citizens. They would be ineligible to register to vote.

Unfortunately, these requirements do not always stop voter fraud from occurring.

In comments to the Conservative Review, Kleeb denied any wrongdoing by including the registration forms and said she included them “so folks start to get familiar with the forms.”

The baskets, Kleeb explained in her video, also include a personally signed letter from the Nebraska Democratic Party. But when asked if that letter informs the refugees that they would be committing voter fraud by filling out the form, Kleeb said she was unsure.

“Can I just be very clear that on the voter registration form it says that you have to be a U.S. citizen, so I don’t think that I said that in the letter, but on the voter registration form it talks about that,” Kleeb said.

Still, there is no evidence that Kleeb or the Nebraska Democratic Party has committed any wrongdoing, though the inclusion of the form is unusual given that it takes years for a refugee to earn their citizenship.

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