New York Legislation Would Grant Illegal Immigrants a ‘Form of State Citizenship’
Why bother having a legal immigration process at all?
New York state Sen. Gustav Rivera has introduced a bill called the New York Is Home Act, that would provide illegal immigrants and non-voting citizens the type of rights usually reserved for real citizens, like voting in city and state elections.
The bill would provide benefits to illegal immigrants and other non-citizens who could prove they have resided in New York for at least three years and have been paying taxes for as long. They would also have to take an oath to uphold the state’s constitution and laws, and pledge their willingness to serve on a jury, according to the bill summary.
In return, non-citizens would receive a form of state citizenship, including access to state tuition assistance and health insurance programs, the ability to apply for driver’s and professional licenses, and the right to vote in state and local elections, the summary said.
Other states have moved forward on their own with respect to tuition assistance and driver’s licenses, Rivera said, but no other state has considered such a broad package for its non-citizens.
The message is, the heck with the law, just show up and the state of New York will take care of you.
This is not the sort of bill that’s going to discourage illegal immigration, in New York or anywhere else. If anything, it’s an open invitation to ignore our laws and come on in. The immigration system is broken, our nation lacks the will to monitor its own borders, so everyone’s welcome.
Never mind how unfair that might be to potential immigrants who respected the law and applied in the legal manner, but are still waiting for clearance to enter the United States. Never mind how unfair it is for citizens whose ballots will count no more than those of people who are not citizens.
Just open the gates and let’s have a free-for-all. If we end up with millions of more needy people from other countries, what the heck. Americans are used to paying a lot of taxes, anyway. Just charge them a few more dollars to cover the costs of our permanent guests.