Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz is moving quickly to stop a plan to let illegal aliens vote in
Cruz introduced a bill this week to block a plan by the Washington, D.C. city council to spend
federal tax dollars to let non-citizens voting in District election.
Cruz’s move comes after the D.C. Council passed a measure allowing non-citizens, including
illegal aliens, to vote in local elections.
Cruz will also introduce a Congressional Review Act resolution overturning the measure if D.C.
Mayor Muriel Bowser signs it into law. As a federal district, Congress still maintains some
control over D.C. city government.
“Voting is a distinct right and privilege that American citizens enjoy in the United States. It is a
responsibility, not to be treated lightly, and it must be protected. Voters decide not only who will
lead our country, our cities and communities, but also how our tax dollars should be spent and
what policies we should adopt,” said Cruz.
“Even the Washington Post agrees that non-citizen voting is a terrible idea. Allowing non-
citizens and illegal immigrants to vote in our elections opens our country up to foreign influence,
and allows those who are openly violating U.S. law or even working for hostile foreign
governments to take advantage and direct our resources against our will,” said Cruz.
Supporters of Cruz’s legislation point out that non-citizen voting in D.C., where many residents
are foreign nationals employed in diplomatic capacities, could give hostile enemies like Russia
and Communist China some control over D.C.
"Two and a half centuries ago, our nation was founded on the principle that sovereign people
should determine their own destinies. Last month, the city council of our Nation’s capital
fundamentally violated that founding principle in an effort to empower noncitizens – including
illegal aliens and employees at embassies of governments that are openly hostile to the United
States – to determine the outcome of local elections,” said RJ Hauman, head of government
relations and communications at the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
“Beyond the absurdity of the leaders in Washington, D.C. begging for Federal assistance with
their recent ‘surge’ of 8,200 illegal aliens while simultaneously offering them the right to vote if
they come, it is totally unconscionable that the district that serves as the seat of our Federal
government would actively work to dilute the votes of American citizens with the votes of all
resident foreign nationals, including the embassy staff who live and work in D.C. on behalf of
governments like Russia and China,” said Rosemary Jenks, director of government relations,