Since the formation of our country there have been certain rights and privileges that have been reserved for citizens. Among those are the right to vote and the privilege to sit on a jury and judge your peers.
Up until the 2008 presidential election, the issue of non-citizens voting was rarely mentioned. With the advent of Obama, it seems that suddenly there were thousands, perhaps millions of non-citizens voting. The Obama administration did little if anything to stop the illegal practice. In 2012, Florida made an effort to clean up their voter rolls by removing dead people and non-citizens. Eric Holder and Justice Department blocked those efforts to purge the rolls of illegal voters. Fortunately, a judge allowed the cleanup to continue.
In an effort to win 11 million votes, Obama then made an illegal executive order and bypassed Congress to allow illegals to remain in the country and to give them certain rights and privileges. Many states are allowing these illegals to obtain driver’s licenses, which in many states is the only requirement to register to vote.
Now an effort is underway in California to allow non-citizens to sit on juries. To no surprise, a Democrat – Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski – sponsored the bill. He claims that it would help broaden the pool of potential jurors in the state and that allowing them to serve jury duty would also help them to integrate into society. Federal law dictates that only citizens can sit on a federal jury, but the California bill deals with state and local cases.
Of course liberals and immigration advocates hail the measure as another step towards citizenship, but opponents don’t buy it. Dan Stein, President of the Federation for American Immigration Reform comments on the bill saying:
“The California Democrats should focus their attention on encouraging qualified aliens to become U.S. citizens. In our democracy, a citizen is an office holder binding the community; a citizen helps in governing the community as a republic. Citizens have sacred duties that define this office, including voting, jury service and loyalty to the state, often in preparation for handling elected office.”
Since Democrats control the California Assembly (House of Representatives), the bill easily passed with a 45-25 vote. It now moves on to the State Senate which is also controlled by the Democrats, I expect the bill to easily pass there also and then move on to the desk of the Democratic Governor Jerry Brown who will surely sign it.
I suspect the move is part of the Democrats’ agenda to legitimize the large immigrant population. Some figures indicate that by this August, Hispanics will be the majority ethnic group in the state. California also has a large number of Chinese, Philippines and people from India. The bottom line is that this will help secure more votes for the Democratic Party.