Eric Holder is right. The time has come to give in. Instead of worrying about voter fraud we should embrace the idea of illegal immigrants voting. Who cares how many illegals vote? Think of the benefits we could reap if we printed a big stack of bilingual ballots, opened the doors of polling places wide to non-citizens, and let American democracy take its course.
House Administration Democrats summed up their praise for the Justice Department’s move against Florida:
This is a victory for our democracy, the Constitution, and for the voters of the state of Florida.¹
Americans love democracy, so letting illegal immigrants vote would be a big win for the country. Not convinced? Here are seven good reasons to endorse the idea.
1. Stopping voter fraud is hard
It is frustrating for states that do everything they can to run clean elections but still have a lingering fear that illegal immigrants vote. Forget voter fraud. The smart ones probably have good ID anyway (see: Voting Follows Citizenship as Our Government Devalues America), so no matter what law we pass, it will never make much of a difference. Of course, if you happen to support the idea of illegal immigrants voting or want their votes, there might be other reasons to not worry about voter fraud.
2. We will never be able to figure out how many illegal immigrants vote
Do we have a voter fraud problem? Who knows? We don’t even know how many illegals are in the U.S. How on earth would we have any idea how many show up at the polls, or worse, live their lives in America feeling hurt and discriminated against because they haven’t been invited to vote?
3. Illegals are not going anywhere, so they might as well have a say
Fair is fair. Face it. Illegals are here to stay. The Obama administration has come pretty close to making them citizens, anyway. As long as they are with us for the long haul it would help them assimilate if they act like we do and show up to vote on Election Day. Who knows? They might like voting more than a lot of Americans.
4. Nothing says “I’m a citizen” like voting
Consider it a civics lesson of sorts, a test drive before the oath of citizenship.
5. Illegal immigrants voting gives us diversity in our elections
Why limit the issues to what is good for our selfish, narrow-minded citizens? If illegal immigrants vote we can open new horizons for candidates and argue over new issues that would never have been considered before. For instance, should illegals get tax breaks for supporting the folks back home with the money they earn in America?
6. Illegals deserve a say in how our tax dollars are spent
They share in benefits like education, health care, and tax credits (see: New Immigration Policy Could Force Us to Overlook Fraud). If you were an illegal, wouldn’t you want a say in how America spends on your behalf?
7. If Illegal immigrants vote, they might vote Republican
If Republicans think hard on this one they may be able to win the illegal swing vote. Democrats like to remind us how immigrants come to America, hop off the boat, start businesses, and put Americans to work. If entrepreneurial-minded illegals vote, they might vote responsibly and back the GOP. Boy, would that piss off the president.