A Republican, who represents New York City in the House, says she possesses the “smoking gun” proving that city officials are assisting illegal immigrants to register to vote. However, the City has denied these claims.
Nicole Malliotakis, R-NY, announced last weekend that she had a copy of the contract between New York City’s Department of Social Services and Homes for the Homeless. Homes for the Homeless is a nonprofit that builds emergency migrant filters at the US border crisis versus.
An appendix of the contract shows that the City needs contractors to provide copies of voter registration forms for migrants.
“This is the smoking gun that proves what we’ve been saying all along, that the city intends to register non-citizens to vote, and even those who are residing in these migrant shelters for just 30 days,” Malliotakis said at a press conference in Staten Islnoncitizens extremely concerning. It should be concerning to every citizen.”
Another section of the appendix states that contractors with “regular contact with the public in the daily administration of its business” must “provide and distribute voter registration forms to all persons together with written applications for services, renewal, or recertification for services and change of address relating to such services.”
Furthermore, the file stated, “Such voter registration forms shall be provided to the Contractor by the City. The Contractor should be prepared to provide forms written in Spanish or Chinese, and shall obtain a sufficient supply of such forms from the City.” There’s also a section of the appendix that prohibits the shelter from asking questions about migrant’s immigration status unless they absolutely have to.
A NYC Department of Social Services representative told reporters that the policy is for legal migrants in shelters. “These allegations are false and baseless. DHS is legally required to include language around voter registration in shelter contracts, and this guidance applies only to eligible clients who are citizens, and would clearly not apply to asylum seekers in shelter,” the representative said.
“As our teams continue to provide vital case-management services to connect asylum seekers to supports to help them move out of shelter, we strongly caution against lending any credence to such dangerous misrepresentations of the City’s response to this humanitarian crisis.”
In 2021, the City Council passed a law that allowed non-citizen residents to vote in local elections. However, a New York state judge reversed that law in July 2022.
Furthermore, the City remains committed to doing as much as it can to resolve the humanitarian crisis. It continues to protect their rights and provide shelter and healthcare services. Also, the New York City Council ensures that the state properly documents migrants.
However, some analysts say the NYC Department of Social Services’ statement isn’t a complete denial of the allegation.
They believe that by stating that the DHS must collect voter registration details from eligible citizens, the department gives some credibility to the claims.
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