California lawmakers proposed a bill last week that, if passed, would give non-citizens the chance to serve in state and local Democratic Party leadership positions.
While current state law limits the ability of non-citizens to participate in party politics, the new bill (SB288) would let them serve as state convention delegates and county committee leaders with the Democratic Party, allowing them to be involved in the party platform and other issues.
California state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who was one of the lawmakers behind SB288, did not return Fox News’ request for comment but speaking to reporters last Friday said that the new bill was meant both as a way for noncitizens to have a say in the policies of the California Democratic Party — and as a rebuke of the Trump administration’s hardline immigration stance.
“We need to continue to send a very, very loud message that we are … going to embrace and uplift and support all American immigrant neighbors,” Wiener said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. He added that the current White House has caused a great amount of “fear and anxiety” among many immigrants.
The bill would only be applicable to leadership and delegate positions within the Democratic Party, and would not apply to the California Republican Party.
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