New York gives final green light to rule that will allow immigrants to vote

In total, almost 900,000 people will be added to the census, a large part of them immigrants of Latino origin.


The new mayor of New York, Eric Adams, has given the final green light to the rule approved last month by municipal legislators to allow immigrants residing in the city to vote in local elections.

Adams, who in the past had expressed some doubts about the measure, let the deadline he had to veto the new legislation expire, so it officially entered into force this Sunday.

With her, The Big Apple will become the first major city in the United States to allow immigrants to vote in municipal elections who reside legally permanently, to people with work permits or temporary protected status, as well as to those under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as “dreamers”.

Total, Almost 900,000 people will be added to the census, a large part of them immigrants of Latino origin, who will be able to elect their mayor, councilors and other local positions, but who will continue to be unable to participate in state or federal elections.

“I believe that New Yorkers have to decide their government, so I support and will continue to support this important legislation,” Adams said in a brief statement.

The mayor, a Democrat like his predecessor, acknowledged that “initially he had some concerns” about certain aspects of the rule, but assured that these have disappeared after conversations with some of his colleagues.

“I believe that allowing this legislation to enter into force is without a doubt the best choice and I am looking forward to adding millions to the democratic process,” he said.

The measure was approved in December by the City Council, with a Democratic majority, after four previous attempts to carry it out in the last twelve years had failed.

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