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NO on Non Citizen’s Right to Vote

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In the Book of St. Luke Chapter 10, the disciple writes of the parable of the Good Samaritan. He describes the case of a man who was beaten by robbers and left to die.

Several people came by but only one stopped and took the man to a clean environment and told the helpers to care for him and after paying for the known expenses said “I will come back later and if the bill is higher I will cover it.”

I cite this parable as I relate it to the idea put forth to the San Bernardino City School Board of Education by Gil Navarro to have non citizens vote for school board members. The families Gil speaks of were in need of a better education, so they left their homes in a different country in search of a better life for their children and loved ones and no one blames them for that. They came seeking employment and better living conditions, one in which their government did not give them at home.

So what do we do? We have opened our doors and forced overcrowed classrooms, we have built more schools, hired more teachers and support staff, we have given free lunch for those who qualify, we have denied some citizens employment because they do not speak the required language necessary to communicate with their children, we have given healthcare services to those children who need the care, we have provided free transportation, we have gone to extra expense to provide materials in their native language, we have provided extra classroom tutorial services and now you want to turn over the control of the district to them.

Getting back to the Good Samaritan, one of the things I noticed about the parable of the Good Samaritan is that he did not give the man his donkey, he did not give him his house, he did not give him the key to his house, he did not give him his bank account, he did not give him the pass code to his alarm, he did not give him control of his life, however he did help him get back on his feet. Because doing those things would have been unwise and in the book of Proverbs we are warned about being unwise.

My son-in law speaks Spanish because he is from Honduras, Central America and for many years he wanted to vote but could not because he wasn’t a citizen. He went to school, graduated from high school, the University of Riverside, received a master’s degree from UCLA and is now teaching at the University of Riverside. He decided to complete the required paperwork for full citizenship and is now eligible to vote and did so in the 2000 election of which Gore lost due to those hanging chads in Florida.

Now in my mind as a community, I think we have lived up to the moral and spiritual intent of the parable of the Good Samaritan by doing all of the things we have done. Not because of any law but because we know it is the right thing to do. But like the Samaritan I will walk and let you ride on the donkey but I can not turn the donkey over to you.

I think the idea to grant non citizens voting rights is foolish and unwise.


To contact Hardy Brown email: hardybrown@blackvoicenews.com or call (909) 888-5040.

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