Monday, November 7, 2016




Did Barack Obama just encourage illegal aliens to vote on Election Day, promising no repercussions if they do?
A videotaped interview with the president has some saying yes, sparking outrage among at least one major media figure and commenters on Twitter.
In an interview with the Latin-oriented YouTube channel mitu, millennial actress Gina Rodriguez asked Obama:
“Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens – and I call them citizens because the contribute to this country – are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will Immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?”

Obama responded: “Not true, and the reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself. And there is not a situation where the voting rolls somehow are transferred over and people start investigating, etc. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential.”
The president’s answer left Neil Cavuto of the Fox Business Network completely stunned.
“I can’t believe that I heard what I heard,” Cavuto said on his broadcast.
“The president isn’t even questioning whether the person who is an illegal is voting, outside of reminding people that if you’re a citizen, you vote. But it’s very clear that the question that is being asked was about illegals voting and afraid that they might be reported to Border Security. You’re illegal. You cannot vote.”
“The President of the United States is saying, ‘Don’t worry, no one will be spying on you, catching you,'” Cavuto added.
“You’re ignoring the fact that you are being questioned about illegal voting, which you can’t do. Why? Because you’re not a citizen of this country!”
See Neil Cavuto’s response:
Obama’s remarks were taken the same way by many on Twitter, including Diana Puig, who tweeted, “He’s basically saying to vote even if ur an illegal in this country.”
The clip that aired on Fox, though, did not include Obama’s follow-up remarks, in which the president said, “If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.”
“This has been a huge fear presented especially during this election,” Rodriguez noted.
Obama than added: “And the reason that fear is promoted is because they don’t want people voting. People are discouraged from voting and part of what is important for Latino citizens is to make your voice heard, because you’re not just speaking for yourself. You’re speaking for family members, friends, classmates of yours in school…  who may not have a voice. Who can’t legally vote. But they’re counting on you to make sure that you have the courage to make your voice heard.”
Both Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have been opposed to voter ID laws which are designed to make sure only American citizens are able to legally cast a ballot in elections.

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