According to a UCLA published report, we are living in 'political apartheid'
The author's point is that because there are so many 'non-citizens' in CA that can't vote, we are failing as a democracy.
According to study author and UCLA law lecturer Joaquin Avila, a de facto political apartheid will exist in California if steps are not taken to include more than 4.6 million non‑citizen adults in the voting process.
"The new census data shows that many communities in California have significant Latino non-citizen populations who do not have the right to vote," said Avila, a voting rights expert and former president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "The continued political exclusion of this non-citizen population will have negative repercussions on community grass-roots efforts to promote a more inclusive and cohesive society."
In California, noncitizens make up nearly 19 percent of the adult population, or more than 4.6 million adults, according to the study. Three million of these noncitizens are Latinos.
In 12 cities, noncitizens make up the majority of adults. These cities include Santa Ana, Bell Gardens and San Joaquin in Fresno County. In Los Angeles, which is the largest city in the state, non-citizen adults comprise about one-third of the population.
Again I ask, am I the only one that sees a problem with this? We have a way of making sure they are represented: come to the county legally and work for citizenship. After you earn citizenship...you get to vote! Aye carumba.
The opinion piece, oops..sorry, 'study', fails to make a deliniation between legal and illegal immigrants, lumping them all into the 'non-citizen' category.
He doesn't address the implications of extending voting rights to people who deliberately performed an illegal act in entering the country. He fails to recognize that citizenship has responsibilities attached, as well as rights. He neglects to explore what might be the consequences of allowing non-citizens to vote.
All this political activist...oops...sorry, 'scholar' says is that being a non-citizen makes it hard to vote. Wow. Good to see tax dollars playing this guys salary.