angryimmigrants2Question arises as Texas counts illegals when drawing state districts

“Fifty-three percent of Democrats think tax-paying illegal immigrants should have the right to vote,” a new Rasmussen poll finds.

“Twenty-one percent (21%) of Republicans and 30% of voters not affiliated with either major political party agree,” Rasmussen notes.

Letting illegal aliens vote would tip many Republican-majority states’ electoral votes to the Democrat nominee, such as in Texas.

It’s a move that could give Democrats a permanent hold on the White House, which could be enacted by Executive Order and a politically sympathetic Supreme Court majority.

At question is a U.S. Supreme Court case challenging Texas’ practice of counting illegal aliens when drawing state Senate districts.

The suit was filed by two Texas voters, Sue Evenwel and Edward Pfenninger, who allege the practice of counting illegal aliens among the total population waters down the clout of rural voters while boosting the clout of urban voters.

“Ms. Evenwel lives in a mostly rural district in which roughly 584,000 citizens are eligible to vote. In contrast, there are only 372,000 eligible voters in a neighboring urban district,” the Christian Science Monitor reports. “The discrepancy means that voters in the urban district have more voting clout than voters in Evenwel’s rural district. And that, Evenwel’s lawyers argue, is a violation of the Equal Protection Clause’s guarantee of one person, one vote.”

The poll was conducted at a time in which Barack Obama’s plan to grant amnesty to illegal aliens via Executive Order was being challenged in federal court.

Even many supporters of amnesty say it’s not something the President can grant unilaterally.

They argue that under Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, any change to immigration law must come from Congress.

The idea of letting illegal aliens vote is gaining traction among those seeking to boost Democrat voting numbers. New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera last year proposed a bill letting illegals vote in state and local elections if they can prove they’ve paid taxes for three years.

“Nearly 3 million people in the state of New York currently reside here and make New York their home, but can’t fully participate in civic, political, and economic life,” Gustavo told Reuters at the time.

The bill, and other proposals to let illegals vote don’t mention if the threshold is to pay taxes, or to have a net tax burden, as many who “pay taxes” get back more than they pay in tax credits.

Giving voting rights to people who pay more in taxes than they get back, even if they’re here illegally, might be a better proposal.