New York City at the Forefront of Immigration Debate
According to Guardian, New York City is contemplating granting noncitizens to vote for city elections and issues.
New York City has strong incentives to do so. About 21% of its population are immigrants. Such immigrants also tend to be industrious. Annually, about 1,765,260 immigrants in total contribute $18.2 billion dollars to the New York City’s vibrant economy.
Supporters for this measure, contrary to their counterparts in other parts of the U.S., has a strong case. Numbers speak. The dense population of documented immigrants in New York City contribute a lot toward the City and the State’s economy as a whole.
New York City probably reopens the discussion because it does not want to fall too far behind its rural counterparts in the rest of the State of New York. Many such towns already allowed noncitizens to vote in local elections.
The City takes on this measure also in anticipation of drastic demographic change. In 2060, the white population in New York could drop below 50% for first time in history. Because the foundation of political process is changing, it is prescient to consider the cultivation of a more inclusive political culture.
NYC suffers low voter turnout as well. No wonder community activists are enthusiastic about city’s enfranchisement for all legal residents. To activists, if all residents share similar concerns for the Big Apple, the more participatory the elections are, the better outcomes are more likely to be.
Mayor De Blasio has expressed openness to debate. No further approval or disapproval, affirmations thereof, has been articulated.