California Democrats Propose Bill to Allow Illegal Immigrants to Hold Party Leadership Positions

By Melanie Arter | July 5, 2019 | 10:27am EDT
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Democratic lawmakers in California have introduced a bill that will allow illegal immigrants to hold leadership positions within the Democrat Party on the state and local level, Breitbart reports.

Current state law limits noncitizen participation in party politics, but the bill, SB 288, would change that, letting noncitizens, including illegal immigrants like Dreamers, serve as state convention delegates and county committee leaders within the Democratic Party, which will allow them to be involved with party platform and other issues.

“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.”

“This is what happens when you have too much power…it’s just progressives trying to out-progressive each other,” he told Fox News.

Democrats control both houses of the California Legislature, and the governor of California – Gavin Newsome – is a Democrat, so the bill’s passage is assured.



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