About 14 percent of the United States population are non-citizen immigrants that include legal residents on temporary visas, permanent residents, and unauthorized immigrants. They are virtually present all around the states, suburbs, cities, and towns.
They are spread across in various areas as teachers and students, construction workers, musicians and artists, nurses and doctors, etc. They also follow all the legal and social criteria like paying taxes, sending their kids to schools, working there, and raising a family, and also contributing themselves to many social and cultural activities every day.
Even though they occupy a place in this community and neighborhood, they are still being denied the right to vote or even from entering into the polling booth. Without any questioning, they follow all the government rules and policies but get very little ability to guide and choose the representatives who rule the nation and make these laws. This is injustice toward them.
Maybe not all the immigrants, but at least the ones who have been living in this society for years and have been taking part on all the important occasions as equally as a normal citizen of this country, they should be provided with a right to vote on the Election day.
All permanent residents should be allowed to vote. Excluding the non-citizens from the voting polls have consequences. A lot of immigrants these days are large in populations who face poverty. This is due to the political ineffectiveness of this population. They are often facing discrimination created by politicians in terms of housing, education, employment, healthcare and welfare, and also criminal justice.
Voting rights could build visibility and voice among the immigrants, letting the government be involved and be more responsive, representative, and accountable.
Sometimes the opponents of non-citizen voting might argue to get the immigrants to get their citizenship, then they would allow them the right to vote. This is not as easy as it sounds; they have to cross through a lot of obstacles like – high application fees, endless wait times, blocking off of the application, and also lacking the access to English and political classes one might have to attend to prepare for the habituation exam.
It would take years of preparation both financially, officially, and educationally to attain US citizenship. On the other hand, undocumented immigrants will face even more hardships.
To get a better way of living and good basic facilities is a common wish for both non-citizen and citizen residents. Providing an equal share of employment opportunities may also benefit. By not dividing the population into non-voters and voters, providing facilities and voting rights could only bring in leading a better form of democratic practice. It is currently an offense to let you-citizens or immigrants vote on an election day they might even be punished with a fine, one year in prison, or even both.
Getting citizenship takes a long procedure, but a population of people that have been residents for a long time should be given voting rights.
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