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Boston considers giving non-citizens the vote

Boston City Council members are considering giving non-U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, The Hill reported Monday, citing the Associated Press. This would allow participation by “legal permanent residents, visa holders, and residents who are legally residing in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status or the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” the report said.

Boston City Council President Andrea Campbell, who requested the hearing, has previously rejected the American Founders’ belief that the primary purpose of government is to protect the rights of its citizens.

“The purpose of our local government, including the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement, is to strengthen the ability of diverse, cultural, and linguistic communities to play an active role in the economic, civic, social and cultural life of the City of Boston,” Campbell told WCVB in January.

The committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday to further discuss the idea.

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