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Should Non-Citizen Immigrants Be Allowed to Vote?
By Joanna Sufin and Chaleampon Ritthichai


Carlos Suarez
Interior Designer

"If they are legal, why not? They live here, they pay their taxes. They should have the right to vote, as long as they are legal."

Emily Friedlander
Magazine Editor

"No, I don’t think so. That’s the point of citizenship. Five years is not that long — they can wait."

John Ding
Sales representative

"No, I don’t think so. Very often immigrants don’t know much about what’s happening in the country and they don’t know much about the country itself. They should not have equal rights with the citizens."

Malinda Walford
Actress

"They may not have the understanding of the history of this country, but there are so many citizens who do not know history, the presidents or the Amendments to the Constitution."

Paula Ramirez
Student

"Yes, they should have the right to vote. They live here, they work here, they pay their taxes, and they should be allowed to make choices about their government."

Christine Cheng
Marketing Director

"Legal immigrants are subjected to other civic responsibilities while waiting years for their citizenship. Also, this may spur U.S. citizens to be more aware of public policies and more active in voting."

Paul Williams
Retired Hospital Care Investigator

"You should be an American to be able to vote. It’s a right granted by birth or earned. That’s what the Constitution states, and I think it should stay that way."

Sandeep Narang
Engineer

"Immigrants are part of this country. They make up the community. Even if their vote would count only as half, they should have the right to vote."

Malgorzata Bryk
Physician

"Legal residents are prospective citizens and most of them look forward to staying here indefinitely. Why should they be waiting five years to show that they care about this city."

Larry Norden
Lawyer

"Citizenship is something more than just a commitment to live here. It comes with certain responsibilities and rights. Non-citizens are not wedded to the United States in the same way. Maybe they don't want to be. If they do, they can become citizens."

 

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