Group of Black Americans Sue NYC for Giving Local Voting Rights to Over 800K Foreign Nationals

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According to reports, a group of black Americans has filed a lawsuit against the Big Apple for giving municipal voting rights to nearly a million foreign nationals.

The group sued the City’s Board of Elections, claiming that the new law allowing non-citizens to cast ballots in local elections violates federal civil rights law. The group alleges that the New York City Council passed the law in order to strengthen the voting power of certain racial groups, thus diluting the votes of other groups.

Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a member of the board of directors at the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), which filed the lawsuit, told Fox News:

“They explicitly used race as a factor of demarking the voter groups that they wanted to give this privilege to and that is a direct violation of the 15th Amendment.”

The 15th Amendment states:

“The right of citizens in the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

In January, Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council approved a plan that allows more than 800,000 foreign nationals with green cards, visas, and work permits the opportunity to vote in citywide elections so long as they have resided in the city for at least 30 consecutive days.

Four Black Americans and New York City residents — Phyllis Coachman, Deroy Murdock, Katherine James, and Anthony Gilhuys — have filed the lawsuit with the help of PILF. The lawsuit states:

“All of the relevant indicia demonstrates that a racially discriminatory purpose was a motivating factor in the passage of the Foreign Citizen Voting Bill.”

The suit adds:

“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. 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.”

The lawsuit cites United States Census Bureau data, which shows how the policy will shift voting power from New York’s dwindling Black American population toward its booming foreign-born population. A PILF news release read:

“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. Of the approximately 1 million foreign nationals in New York City, approximately 488,000 are Hispanic and 343,000 are Asian.”

The suit also cites Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, a sponsor of the bill Intro 1867-A, who allegedly said, in Spanish, that the bill would increase the power of Hispanics and Asians.

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