• Shocking new study proves millions of ‘non-citizens’ vote in U.S. elections.
By Keith Johnson —
Will President Barack Obama’s decision to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens have a major impact on future United States elections? Recent evidence not only indicates it will but that it will also bolster the Democratic Party for generations to come.
In a recent academic study, two political science professors at Old Dominion University found that “non-citizens” not only “tend to favor Democrats” but that “more than 14%” were registered to vote in both 2008 and 2010 elections.
Moreover, they found that these non-citizens who voted in those elections were likely “responsible for Obama’s 2008 victory in North Carolina,” Al Franken’s Senate win in Minnesota and “the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass healthcare reform and other Obama administration priorities in the 111th Congress.”
This affinity for Democrats among legal and illegal aliens comes as no surprise to Steven A. Camarota, the director of research at the Center for Immigration Studies in Washington D.C.
“Hispanics and Asians make up the vast majority of all [legal and illegal] immigrants,” he said during a recent interview with this AMERICAN FREE PRESS reporter. “They don’t just vote Democrat but generally tend to have a more liberal orientation. They like Obamacare, tend to want a bigger government, favor environmental regulation and gun control. If legal immigration continues, a conservative Republican Party is doomed. The party itself can survive but it will be forced to move to the left.”
Illegal immigration has even more dire consequences, explained Camarota.
“There are about 23 million non-citizens living in the United States, and about half of them are illegal aliens,” he said. “If even a small fraction voted, we’re still talking anywhere from hundreds of thousands to millions of people who can have a significant effect on some very close elections.”
In terms of the new amnesty plan, Camarota says that Obama is set to provide these illegals with a much easier path to citizenship.
“Currently, we have this thing known as the ‘3/10-year bar,’ which makes it difficult to apply for legal status if you’ve lived illegally in the U.S. for an extended time,” he said. “For instance, those here for more than a year illegally have to leave the country for 10 years before they can come back and apply for permanent residency.”
Camarota went on to say that, under the new amnesty plan, Obama is set to waive those penalties and prevent everyone who has a U.S. born child from being deported. “By giving these folks the ability to stay in the United States, it looks as though they will not be subject to that 10-year bar and will be able to get green cards and eventual citizenship,” he added.
Though the effects of this emerging voter demographic may not be felt for years to come, non-citizens are already having a significant impact on the political system in other ways.
“We allocate seats and draw congressional lines based on the total population, including non-citizens,” Camarota explained. “For example, looking at congressional apportionment across the states, the 23 million non-citizens counted in the 2010 census likely redistributed about nine congressional seats. California has five additional representatives in the House because of non-citizens who simply sent their census forms back. It isn’t just a matter of voting. The seeming distortion of the political system comes from just their presence.”
In addition to California, Camarota said that some scarcely populated regions of Florida, Texas, New York and elsewhere require a mere 50,000 votes to win an entire district.
“These are areas with very few residents, half of which might be illegal,” he added. “Compare that to a district in Michigan or western Pennsylvania, where everyone is a citizen. It could take more than twice that many votes to win. This seemingly violates the one man, one vote [standard]. It redistributes power away from citizens to residents living in high immigration areas.”
Although illegal immigration is of paramount concern, Camarota said that immigration of all kinds is contributing to the transformation of the political landscape. For instance, according to a research paper he published late last year, 40 million immigrants (citizen and non-citizen) counted in the 2010 census were responsible for redistributing 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“This is an artifact of mass immigration,” he said. “When you let a lot of people into the country, legal or otherwise, you’re going to end up with these political distortions.”
Keith Johnson is a writer based in Tennessee. He can be contacted at [email protected].
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