In a transparent effort to shore up votes for the Democratic Party, the City Council President of Boston recently decided to consider letting non-citizens who are visa holders vote.
The announcement comes on the heels of President Trump’s highly publicized efforts to curb migration and the recent negotiations to restore DACA falling by the wayside.
The Hill accordingly states, “The city is reportedly exploring methods that will make its local election more inclusive by allowing 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.”
According to the same source, immigrants and visa holders make up 28.5% of the population.
Proponents of the measure justify it by touting visa holders contributions to Boston’s economy, a spending report from 2015 stated that visa holders in the city have paid $116 million in taxes and generated over $3 billion in revenue. They also believe that giving non-citizens the franchise will promote diversity.
The President of the City Council said, “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.”
If approved, the decision would have the potential to permanently change Boston politics, considering there are nearly 190,000 foreign born residents residing in the city. The issue is supposed to come to a vote in the Boston City Council by tomorrow afternoon.