New York Legislator Wants to Give Voting Rights to Illegals

A New York lawmaker wants to give undocumented workers the right to vote in state and local elections.

State Senator Gustavo Rivera, sponsor of the “New York Is Home Act,” wants to extend many of the rights of citizenship to undocumented workers who can show they have lived and paid taxes in New York for at least three years.

Via Reuters:

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.