Black residents in New York City have filed suit against city officials after they granted voting rights to nearly 1 million foreign nationals who have legal residency but not citizenship.
According to Breitbart News, Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council signed off on a plan in January allowing more than 800,000 foreign nationals in the country legally — with green cards, work permits, and visas — to vote in citywide elections as long as they’ve been in the Big Apple for at least 30 days consecutively.
Voting rights are something that blacks have unfortunately had to work far too hard to secure throughout our country’s earlier history, so it makes perfect sense that black New York City residents would be offended and angry at pandering Democrats, who say they care about voter integrity, when they just gave the vote to people who aren’t citizens.
Now, four black Americans and New York City residents — Phyllis Coachman, Deroy Murdock, Katherine James, and Anthony Gilhuys — have filed suit with the help of the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF).
Their lawsuit accuses the city’s Board of Elections of violating the 15th Amendment by imposing a “racially discriminatory” policy that is set to drastically dilute the voting power of American citizens in New York City, and specifically of black Americans.
“All of the relevant indicia demonstrate that a racially discriminatory purpose was a motivating factor in the passage of the Foreign Citizen Voting Bill,” the lawsuit states.
The New York City Council was aware of the discriminatory impact that the Foreign Citizen Voting Bill would have on the voting strength of Black voters. These concerns were raised by Council Members. [Emphasis added]
Despite this discriminatory impact and the knowledge that the New York City Council was without legal authority to grant foreign citizens the right to vote, the Council moved forward and passed the bill. [Emphasis added]
The suit goes on to cite U.S. Census Bureau data showing how the policy will shift voting power away from NYC’s falling black population toward the booming foreign-born population, thus disenfranchising black voters the same way Democrats claim Republicans are trying to do (but actually aren’t doing).
“The sponsors of the bill are aware of this racial composition and passed the bill with the intent to strengthen the power of Hispanic and Asian powers and reduce the power of other racial groups,” a PILF news release said. “Of the approximately 1 million foreign nationals in New York City, approximately 488,000 are Hispanic and 343,000 are Asian.”
Previously, Councilman Rev. Ruben Diaz (D-Bronx) warned that the new policy will dilute votes of city residents while granting electoral power to foreign non-citizens who have ties to Wall Street, the United Nations, and other globalist interests.
The PILF action is the second lawsuit filed to overturn the policy. Last month, the New York State Republican Party (yes, there actually is one), as well as naturalized American citizens and a Democratic city councilman all joined a legal effort to have the policy struck down, alleging that it violates New York’s state constitution.
“We vowed to use every legal tool in our arsenal to block this unconstitutional and un-American law, and that’s exactly what we’re doing,” New York Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said in a statement.
“The law is clear and the ethics are even clearer: We shouldn’t be allowing citizens of other nations to vote in our elections, full stop. We are only two weeks into the Adams administration and he is already kowtowing to the radical City Council. This lawsuit is the only thing that will stop them from their ultimate goal of eradicating all the lines between citizens and non-citizens,” he added.