Calif. Dems Push Bill To Allow Illegals to Hold Party Leadership Positions
Only in California do Democrats throw out the idea that in order to hold political leadership rolls you must at least be a legal citizen. Why not?
California lawmakers proposed a bill last week that, if passed, would give noncitizens the chance to serve in state and local Democratic Party leadership positions.
While current state law limits the ability of noncitizens to participate in party politics, the new bill (SB288) would let them serve as state convention delegates and county committee leaders with the Democratic Party, allowing them to be involved in the party platform and other issues.
California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who was one of the lawmakers behind SB288, did not return Fox News’ request for comment but speaking to reporters last Friday said that the new bill was meant both as a way for noncitizens to have a say in the policies of the California Democratic Party -- and as a rebuke of the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stance
“We need to continue to send a very, very loud message that we are … going to embrace and uplift and support all American immigrant neighbors,” Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), one of the lawmakers who introduced the bill, said.
“As our immigrant communities face vicious attacks from this President and his administration, California must embrace, lift up, and empower immigrant voices and leaders. Immigrants contribute to our economy, culture, and civic life. They’re already leaders in our communities and should have a seat at the table. The Democratic Party will continue to lead as the party that embraces all communities, and this legislative fix will help keep us on track,” Weiner wrote in a press release last week.
Shawn Steel, the Republican National Committeeman for California, called the move “abject pandering and arrogance.”
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