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Rep. Paul Cook Votes to Uphold Only U.S. Citizens’ Right to Vote
H. Res 1071, legislation which recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues and diminishes the voting power of U.S. citizens, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 279-72. Yucaipa’s Congressman, Rep. Paul Cook, (R-8th District-Apple Valley) voted in favor of H. Res 1071.
In 2016, San Francisco voters approved a measure that allows non-citizens – including with without legal status, to vote in school board elections. Currently, the U.S. Constitution prohibits discrimination in voting based on race, sex, poll taxes and age. Federal law also prohibits non-citizens from voting in elections for federal office.
Rep. Cook has expressed his concern regarding the city of San Francisco allowing residents without legal status to vote in an election. “The right to vote is one of the most important duties of being an American citizen,” said Rep. Cook. “San Francisco has set a dangerous precedent by allowing people here illegally to affect governance for American citizens. This resolution (H. Res 1071) sends a strong message that citizens alone enjoy the right to vote.”
Authored by California Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R- 23rd District-Bakersfield) H. Res 1071 notes that voting is fundamental to a functioning democracy and that it is of paramount importance that the United States maintains the legitimacy of its elections and protects them from interference, including interference from foreign threats and illegal voting. In stating the concern over illegal immigrants registering to vote in San Francisco’s school board elections, H. Res 1071 resolves that “the House of Representatives recognizes that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
Yucaipa’s Rep. Cook is currently a member of the House Armed Services, Natural Resources, and Foreign Affairs Committees. He served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. with the rank of Colonel. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.