What could possibly go wrong with this? Who would they support the most? California or illegal immigrants? Also, how could you limit them to voting for statewide offices only? If they vote for a House member, Senate or presidential, it’s a felony. Not that the Democrats would mind, the have wet dreams about it on a daily basis. The bill, SB 174, would amend an old provision in the state code that was originally drawn up in 1872 in order to prevent Chinese and other immigrants from running for state offices.
But the new law wouldn’t be limited to legal residents. Illegal aliens would be permitted to run for state offices. But it would also make them highly visible deportation targets. The bill is the brainchild of California State Sen. Ricardo Lara.
It is not necessarily a bill to shore up illegal aliens as much as it is a way of shaking up Lara’s failing campaign for California Insurance Commissioner. Polls show that Lara is far behind former California Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner, who instead of running as a Republican again is running as an independent.
There has been no word on how other legislators feel about the proposal but my guess is they really don’t want the competition.
California has already allowed at least two illegal aliens to serve in state office. Most recently, State Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) appointed Lizbeth Mateo to the California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee.
Mateo is an illegal alien who was brought to the U.S. as a minor by her parents but is not eligible for deferred deportation under DACA because she returned to Mexico and attempted to re-enter the U.S. in 2013 as part of a protest. She was detained at the border and requested asylum — after spending several weeks in Mexico with family.