Should the millions of illegal immigrants in the US that have crossed the southern border be given citizenship and voting rights? 

March 20 – US Representative David Trone from Maryland, who is looking to make a bid for a Senate seat this year, announced he supports providing citizenship and voting rights to the millions of illegal immigrants in the US. 

This is at the same time that the Laken Riley Act made its way through Congress. The Act, named after the nursing student who was murdered by an illegal immigrant in February, would require ICE to arrest illegal immigrants who commit a crime and detain them for deportation.

The bill passed the House – with Trone voting no – and is currently under review in the Senate. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “This was curious yesterday and I don’t know how much more we’re going to hear about this, but if you look in his statement, there’s several categories to it. So first, he does say that about the DACA, the deferred action on childhood arrival people, many of whom are now adults, they’ve spent their entire life in the US, and we’ve heard the stories. Many of them are serving in the military here. They’re school teachers. They’re police officers. That category, there’s actually wide support among Republicans, something needs to be done for those people because they’ve been here forever. They were brought in as infants and children. The US is the only country they’ve known. That piece of it is kind of non controversial, but then, when he started to get into these other categories, I’m sure you’re going to see big disagreement from Larry Hogan, among others. The temporary worker program. This is always debated. Think of the local farm migrant workers that come here during the summer time to work the orchards and the farms. Should they be given carte blanche citizenship with voting rights and all the other privileges? Well, I don’t think that’s going to fly and there’s a lot of people on both sides that would say no, that’s not a group that should get outright citizenship. Then there’s that third category. How about just everybody else that’s here? They’re not DACA. They’re not temporary workers, but they’re just in the US either illegally because they crossed or here under these asylum programs awaiting court dates.” 

There are estimates that the number awaiting court dates could amount to tens of millions of people. 

Barkdoll said, “There’s where I think it’s curious that he would come out and make a statement related to that group because there’s really not much public support, let alone political support, when it comes to giving that group wide citizenship.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM pointed out, “The funny thing about this and including the temporary protected status, which includes people from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sudan, Venezuela now, and these are unvetted people that have come from a place where it’s terrible. Okay, but we immediately think about giving them sitting citizenship and voting rights. This is insane. I thought this was conservative conspiracy theory, that Democrats were welcoming illegals into the country so that they could have new voters to vote Democrat. I thought that was called replacement theory or a conspiracy theory by the likes of extremist Tucker Carlson and now Trone is just admitting, yeah, I want these people to vote. Why would he want them to vote except that he thinks it’ll benefit himself and other Democrats?”

Barkdoll said, “That’s an argument. Now the polls are showing more and more support among the Hispanic community in particular for Trump. Oddly, they don’t support these programs. That group does not want this massive citizenship program that would just be given, like amnesty, to everyone that’s already in the country. That’s where it’s really odd. The DACA in particular, you want to see people get uncomfortable. Ask our federal officials, what’s your opinion on DACA? No, one wants to touch that. They all know where the public is on it, but no one has a solution for it. Congress has been kicking it around for years, and has done nothing about it. But again, to me, not a great issue if I’m running for Senate to be out in front making those kinds of statements either.”