On Tuesday, the Boston City Council will conduct a hearing to decide whether or not non-citizens will be allowed to vote in city elections, reported the Boston Herald. The measure is being spearheaded by Council President Andrea Campbell along with other co-authors who believe "All members of a community should have the right to participate and be included in the governance of that community."
Campbell's order takes into account the foreign population currently residing in Boston that amounts to 28 percent of the population (190,000). She also harps on the fact that non-citizens in Boston paid up to $116 million in state and local taxes and contributed to the $3.4 billion in spending for the year of 2015.
The proposal would consider allowing those with green cards, visas, legal permanent residents, Temporary Protected status residents, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients access to voting rights.
Campbell said this would send a signal to immigrants that they are welcome in Boston.
Pat Gray is absolutely not on board with the idea by saying what most logical people already think: that voting rights should be reserved exclusively for citizens of the United States.
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