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Legal immigrant pushes back NYC over voting rights for non-citizens: “It sends the wrong message”

Legal immigrant rejects New York City for considering granting the right to vote to 800,000 non-citizens of the Big Apple, arguing that being a US citizen is a “blessing” and that only citizens should be given the opportunity to participate in the elections.

Mayra Flores, a Mexican immigrant and congressional candidate in South Texas, joined “Fox & Friends First” on Wednesday to discuss the bill, arguing that its passage would deter immigrants from following proper legal channels to come to America.


“We want to encourage people to come here legally… you don’t have to go through this horrible journey where you put your life in danger and have to pay thousands of dollars to the Tamaulipas and southern border criminal organizations,” Flores explained.

Flores, who arrived in the United States at the age of six, also noted that the Hispanic community was not in favor of the measure, which would grant the right to vote to immigrants holding a green card or a work permit.

“They believe that only American citizens should be able to vote, even at the local level,” said Flores. “Here in South Texas, my district is 91% Hispanic, and the people I spoke with yesterday disagreed. They said only US citizens should be able to vote, even at the level local.”

Democratic mayoral candidate Eric Adams votes for himself as the next mayor of New York on November 2, 2021, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. (Luiz C. Ribeiro / New York Daily News / Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Incoming Mayor Eric Adams has expressed support for the measure, although his predecessor, Mayor Bill de Blasio, questions the legality of the legislation and the precedent it sets for citizenship.

“As a legal immigrant myself became a US citizen… I just believe that being a US citizen is a privilege [and] is a blessing that only Americans should be able to vote in this country, ”Flores said in response.

“In Mexico, where I’m from, you have to have a voter card and you have to be a Mexican citizen to vote,” Flores continued.


“It’s a horrible idea and it sends the wrong message… We want to encourage people to become American citizens, and these people won’t see the value if we allow them… to vote.”

If passed, the measure would allow eligible people to participate in municipal elections for those who live in the Big Apple for at least 30 days before the election.

The city council is expected to vote on the legislation in December.

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