This Isn’t Right

Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it.

Noncitizens hold down jobs, pay taxes, own businesses, volunteer in the community and serve in the military, and it’s only fair they be allowed to vote, Rwaganje said.

Wait a minute. He lived here for 13 years and didn’t bother to become a citizen? What held him back? Why wouldn’t he want to become a citizen beforehand? He didn’t try?

As for the city, I have a problem with this approach. They could have helped him, and others, on the path to citizenship well before this. What the h-e-double-toothpicks is wrong with them?

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