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Portland, ME May Let ‘Non-Citizens’ Vote

From a gleeful Associated Press:

Somali women and children in downtown Lewiston, Maine.

Portland, Maine, weighs letting noncitizens vote

By CLARKE CANFIELD
Saturday, October 23, 2010

PORTLAND, Maine — Like his neighbors, Claude Rwaganje pays taxes on his income and taxes on his cars. His children have gone to Portland’s public schools. He’s interested in the workings of Maine’s largest city, which he has called home for 13 years.

There’s one vital difference, though: Rwaganje isn’t a U.S. citizen and isn’t allowed to vote on those taxes or on school issues. That may soon change…

Why shouldn’t Mr. Rwaganje have to pay for those services? Indeed, illegal aliens also pay many taxes, apart from income tax. Should they get to vote, as well? If so, what is the point of becoming a citizen?

Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it’s only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said.

"We have immigrants who are playing key roles in different issues of this country, but they don’t get the right to vote," said Rwaganje, 40, who moved to the U.S. because of political strife in his native Congo and runs a nonprofit that offers financial advice to immigrants

The Maine League of Young Voters, which spearheaded the drive to force the question on the ballot, estimates there are 5,000 to 7,500 immigrants in Portland, roughly half of whom are not U.S. citizens. They come from more than 100 countries, with the two largest groups from Somalia and Latin America.

Remember how we laughed when people were skeptical about importing untold thousands of Somalis to Maine? Isn’t it great to see how it is working out?

No, of course they don’t want to bother to become citizens. But that shouldn’t keep them from being able to vote on things such as raising taxes.

On a recent day in a small lunchroom at the Al-Amin Halal Market, a group of Somali men ate lunch and talked in their native language. A sign advertised the day’s offerings, including hilib ari (goat), bariis (rice) and baasto (spaghetti).

Abdirizak Daud, 40, moved to Minneapolis 18 years ago [from Somalia] before coming to Portland in 2006. He hasn’t been able to find a job. Some of his nine children have attended Portland schools, and he’d like to have a say in who’s looking over the school system and the city, he said.

But between his limited English and the financial demands, Daud hasn’t been able to become a citizen.

"I like the Democrats. I want to vote for Democrats, but I don’t have citizenship," he said

Naturally, being unemployed and yet having nine children, Mr. Daud is a perfect ‘Democrat in waiting.’ And just as naturally, that is why this ballot initiative is being pushed through.

It’s another attempt to expand the Democrat Party base. Which could explain why this AP story seems to only have been picked up by the Washington Post.

For more background on the wonderful people behind this, check out the website of the Maine League Of Young Voters. They are obviously just another front for the ‘usual suspects.’ 

Here is a little more information on the people who got this on the ballot, from the archives of the Portland Herald Press:

Non-citizen voting drive to start

The effort aims to get the question of giving non-citizens the right to vote on the Nov. 2 ballot.

By Tom Bell
March 22, 2010

PORTLAND — A petition drive aimed at giving non-citizens the right to vote in city elections begins today…

The effort to start a petition drive began this month, after the Portland Charter Commission voted 7-5 to reject a proposal to put the issue on the ballot in November

The League of Young Voters will lead the petition campaign.

The committee is made up of Will Everitt, the league’s state director; Michael Brennan, a former state senator; Jenna Vendil, a member of the Portland School Committee; Mohammed Dini, president of the Somali Student Association at the University of Southern Maine; and Alfred Jacob, a youth leader in the Sudanese community.

People who circulate the petitions are required to be registered Portland voters.

A requirement that we suspect gets routinely ignored.

Dini, 24, a U.S. citizen, said Somali elders initially expressed doubt that the effort would have any chance of success. But many of them are now hopeful.

In the past, the city’s various immigrant communities have been isolated from each other, he said, but now they are working together, along with non-immigrant supporters.

"It brings the whole community as one," he said. "That’s the beautiful thing about it."

Vendil, a School Committee member whose parents immigrated to the United States from the Philippines, said that 25 percent of the students in the city’s schools are learning English as a second language

Giving those parents the right to vote would empower them so they feel more comfortable getting involved in the schools, she said. "The sooner that can happen, the stronger our schools can be."

In other words, these non-citizens will be able to insure that more money gets spent on schools and is used to expand government benefits, in general.

After all, these people didn’t come to the US to leave it the way it is. They want to make it as much like their beloved home countries as possible.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, October 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Portland, ME May Let ‘Non-Citizens’ Vote”

  1. American Mom says:

    Obama by executive order bringing in folks from GAZA or allowing people to come in on the TAXPAYER PAID WELFARE ROLES are a slap in the face to every single American. The principles of the teaparty are STOP THE MADNESS of gov. over reach and spending, and stop the madness of non enforcement of our laws by this admin. It is a HUGE PUNCH in the face of every single American to know that not only do we pay the bills but learning our culture, swearing to be a citzen and love our nation is not good enough for these folks , they just want to have a voice with no responsiblitys. They are laughing all the way to the bank as the GOAL seems to be to destroy our nation from within. Maybe the Whitehouse CZAR who said they should put birth control in the water is a good idea in this area! Wake up Americans we are under attack from within and if you do not understand it yet. EACH AMERICAN PEACEFUL VOICE AND ACTIONS TO STAND AGAINST THIS TYRANNY DOES MATTER, VOTE OUT THE DEMOCRATS WHO HAVE FOR OVER 20MONTHS HAD COMPLETE MAJORITY CONTROL AND DONE NOTHING TO ADDRESS THE 2011 TAX INCREASES FOR EACH AMERICAN CITZEN. of course these folks just get the benifits of living here. When will it be enough to make you take PEACEFUL ACTION? WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO SHOW YOUR IN DANGER FROM WITHIN?

  2. heykev says:

    Why not let the UN send out ballots to all those living in the countries they represent? Would be as logical as having non citizens vote in a US election.

  3. oldpuppydixie says:

    Well isn’t that strange. The left has always been so scrupulous about legality in the PAST!!!

  4. proreason says:

    Why shouldn’t Al Queda and the Taliban be able to vote in US elections. After all, they have more of an interest than 99% of the citizens.

    It’s probably what the founders intended anyway. Just ask any judge if you doubt me.

  5. GetBackJack says:

    How is this anything but a Crime? Surely allowing non-US Citizens to vote in an election is !$!$!!@$!! crime!!

    Arrest these officials immediately.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      In a federal election. As for suffrage for state office, that’s a Maine issue, but I don’t believe that non-citizens should be allowed to vote even for local and state office.

  6. Petronius says:

    I wonder how many millions of Somali refugees we have accepted for resettlement in the USA? Is anyone keeping score?

    I will mention one memorable voting experience, when we found ourselves greeted by the two Democrat Party women who manned (for want of a better word) the voter registration books. These surly functionaries of the Democrat Party were two immigrant Somali Muslims, each woman dressed in her native garb of black hijab and burqa, noisily chattering away in their native tongue, a hideous jackhammer of a language, both so sure and arrogant in their right to conquer. It takes a lot to shock ol’ Petronius these days, but that day I was shocked. And deeply saddened for my country. Going, going, gone.

    Since that day I have usually voted absentee ballot.

  7. proreason says:

    Object lesson in Alinsky tactics.

    Perhaps there are as many as 1,000 professional Republicans in the US.

    There are 10’s, or more likely 100’s of thousands of professional Ruling Class / Marxists (marxism being the preferred polical con of the Ruling Class). And that doesn’t count thousands and thousands of egomaniacal ‘journolist’ dancing puppets who are too stupid to know that they are hypnotized agents of the Ruling Class.

    While you sleep they subvert.

    So, this seemingly small story is about 1 small element of thousands that have been carefully plotted out to insure that the Ruling Class will complete their takeover of the country. Some things work, some don’t, but they are all designed to win a few thousand or a few million votes, or otherwise discourage and defeat the great American middle class. They aren’t depending on a miracle. They are depending on Community Organizers working night and day in small and large ways to undermine this country and overwhelm, pervert, disengage, contort, repudiate, ignore or multiply the elements of our system to their own advantage.

    That is why November HAS to be overwhelming. We aren’t going to win by dint of hard work because theirs is a conspiracy of professional revolutionaries, bought and paid for by the Ruling Class, and ours is an organization of amateurs.

    And November has to be the beginning not the end of it.

  8. Deserat says:

    Why hasn’t Mr Rwaganje become a US citizen? He’s lived in Maine for 13 years – he could be a citizen now and have voting rights. I really don’t get it – five years of residency and taking a test and an oath…..what is the problem???????????? Yes, I understand the cynicism in this article, but this man has no excuse as far as I’m concerned – take the test and become a citizen. Otherwise, you don’t get to vote.

    Oh, and I live in a foreign country, pay their taxes, etc, but I don’t get to vote here – I vote in the country of my citizenship, the USA. Is he voting in Congo? I pay taxes to the USA, too. Does he pay taxes for the Congo still? I’m willing to bet not.

  9. canary says:

    Portland Charter Commission voted 7-5 to reject a proposal (?) scary,
    but after all, the White House dog has a well documented American family tree, registration & proof of born in the USA than her owner.

  10. Steve says:

    Glenn Beck, on his television show, just announced that he is the only one who has looked into the people who are behind this effort and found that it is backed by the SEIU and George Soros.

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Mr. 9 Kids can vote as soon as he joins our military, goes to a front line combat unit and vote though a absentee ballot that his precious democrats shit on!!
    He wants to vote and likes the democrats, too.

    “NO SOUP FOR YOU”

  12. tranquil.night says:

    Beck’s the only one who researched it eh? Lol

    Lemme guess, he flailed around screaming OMG its ‘spooky dude’ again (Thats his name for little satan). Then after giggling like he’s nuts he sighed, got really somber, and said “America is in trouble.”

    We know Glenn. We’re working on it too.

  13. wardmama4 says:

    Rule of Law – I have to laugh.

    My maternal grandfather sold himself into bondage to get passage to Canada to flee England and a Dickens type orphanage experience (and the social out casting of him because he was born in London but his father was born in Sweden – so he ‘wasn’t’ English) and 14 years after becoming an American citizen wrote a sermon on exactly why he became an American citizen and thanking all the generations of people who fought, worked and died to make such a free and accepting place as America. On the paternal side my great, great grandfather left his home in Germany because of religious intolerance and it took two attempts (with 9 children in tow) as the first boat was purposely sunk – to get to America (10th child born American) .

    This pandering to people whose only intention it appears is to suck all the benefits (welfare, education, wealth) from America without even attempting to become a citizen is so disgusting and so insulting to those people who literally put their lives on the line to get here – to make themselves Americans.

    My people did not throw away their historical roots – I have all the stories, many of the possessions and decorations (and very useful bier steins) that they brought with them – but they realized that the greatness of America was assimilating into the grand flow of embracing and becoming American.

    They (the progressives/whatever) took away the requirement to be a tax payer to vote. . .
    They are attempting to take away the requirement to be a citizen to vote. . .
    What’s next – a requirement to take the mark of the state to vote?!?. . .

    Laugh if you want – but No, TN Glenn did not flail around screaming OMG ‘spooky dudes’ – his research is sound – and he pokes (with such as ‘spooky dudes’ quips) to give fuel to fools who only quote talking points from ‘fact checking’ websites. And he has the decency on every show – to implore you to do your own research. Question with Boldness.

    To get non-citizens, to get felons, to get multiple opportunities to vote – are all tactics used by the Left to bring down America. I do not find it a laughing matter nor one worthy of insulting a public personality who points it out and oh, btw Michelle Malkin and Rush Limbaugh have also brought out tactics used to commit election fraud — so much for your ‘the only one who researched this’ bs . .

    God Help America
    A Proud American Infidel

    • tranquil.night says:

      I was jesting him myself and softly making a point that sometimes Glenn acts like he’s the only one who understands what we really face and has been the only one doing everything to try and stop it.

      Not knocking Restoring Honor, his commitment or his content. I wish Glenn Beck was on every channel screaming about the czars and spooky dude because frankly everyone needs to understand it. My point was Steve had this pinned to ‘the usual suspects’ from the beginning and typically always does the appropriate research about groups he posts, is ahead of most others on it, and never wants credit for any of it when it gets out on the network. It’s just called being a good journalist.

      So what gets me is the ‘secret conspiracy’ manner in which Glenn thinks this has all been done and how he thinks he’s the protagonist hero fighting to expose dr. evil. This can’t be about personalities getting ahead anymore, it’s about standing together now.

    • confucius says:

      I’m laughing.


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