Guide one of the largest cities in the United States of America allowed immigrants, including illegal ones, to choose members of school councils.
The law allowing this category of inhabitants of San Francisco to participate in the electoral process, was approved in 2016. However, the chance to exercise their right, they have appeared only now. On the eve of local elections.
Despite the above-mentioned law, the vast majority of immigrants are afraid to vote. The fact that participation in the electoral process, you must provide your home address and date of birth. At the moment there were only 35 people who do not have U.S. citizenship.
The law allowing this category of inhabitants of San Francisco to participate in the electoral process, was approved in 2016. Photo: Depositphotos
According to human rights organizations, this suggests that the majority of immigrants just afraid to go to the polls. People fear that the information they provided will be in the hands of Immigration and customs enforcement (ICE), which further shackles them. For this reason the representatives of this category of the population refuse to exercise their right.
The staff of the organization of Chinese American Voters Education Committee visited areas, where the low-income population, campuses of educational institutions and various social events. Members of the CAVE trying to facilitate the process of registration of potential voters, but over time their activities are unable to bring this case not a single immigrant.
Experts say that people’s fears are not unfounded, because the information recorded in the register of voters is public. Accordingly, it will have access as immigration officers and Federal law enforcement.
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