Sen. Rubio announces bill to strip federal funding from cities that allow noncitizens to vote

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is fighting back against those who encourage and support illegal immigration.

Fox News reports that Rubio is preparing to introduce a piece of legislation that would penalize any American city that allows a noncitizen to vote by withholding federal funds. 

“Our city, our vote”

Just recently, according to the New York Post, New York City’s city council approved a bill called “Our City, Our Vote.”

The purpose of the bill is to give local voting rights to noncitizens. This includes such groups as green card holders, visa holders, and work permit holders. The only requirement is that the individuals must have resided in New York City for a period of at least 30 consecutive days.

All-in-all, it was reported that “Our City, Our Vote” could give as many as 800,000 noncitizens the right to vote in local New York elections. It should be noted that those individuals would not be allowed to vote in state or federal elections.

But “Our City, Our Vote” would make New York the largest U.S. municipality to allow noncitizens to vote in municipal elections.

Rubio’s response

It appears that the legislation that Rubio will introduce in the U.S. Senate is a direct response to New York’s new law.

Rubio revealed his plan in a recent tweet.

“No city which allows non-U.S. citizens to vote should receive U.S. government funds,” Rubio wrote on Friday. “Next week I am going to file a bill to make that the law.”

Further specifics have yet to be revealed regarding Rubio’s bill, which isn’t expected to gain Democratic support.

The judicial approach

While Rubio is pursuing a legislative solution to “Our City, Our Vote,” New York Republicans are looking to take legal action, if necessary, to prevent the bill from going into effect. Whether or not the law could survive a legal challenge remains unclear. The New York Post issued a report which cites a number of experts on both sides of the issue.

But who needs experts on this one? The issue is simple: If you are not a citizen of a country, then you can’t vote in that country’s elections. That’s how it works everywhere else.

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