Officials in College Park are debating a measure that would grant illegal immigrants the right to vote in local elections. Justifying the measure, proponents say illegal immigrants should be able to voice their concerns on local issues such as trash collection, snow removal and other municipal services. Other supporters, including CASA de Maryland, an organization with a mission to “create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in low-income immigrant communities,” say the measure sows the seeds for transgenerational “civic engagement” and will send a message that College Park values “diversity.”
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For those of us mindful of the rule of law, the measure reeks of the sort of self-serving underhandedness that has, for many people, become virtually synonymous with pro-illegal immigrant
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