In an interview on Friday that caused many people to scratch their heads, President Obama seemed to suggest that undocumented immigrants could vote in the 2016 election.
The president was interviewed by actress (not journalist) Gina Rodriguez on the YouTube channel “We are mitu,” which has 78,000 subscribers. We are Mitu is much like a Latino/a BuzzFeed, the main site has articles like “This Scorpion Nail Trend From Mexico Is Making Its Way To The U.S.” Of course, nowhere on that Latino-millennial focused site is this amazing video of Donald Trump helping a Puerto Rican boxer in hard times.
“Many of the millennials, DREAMers, undocumented citizens — and I call them ‘citizens’ because they contribute to this country — are fearful of voting,” Rodriguez said. “So if I vote, will immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?”
“Not true,” Obama said. “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, et cetera. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for. If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.”
Fox News host Neil Cavuto and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer discussed the interview on Fox Business on Saturday, and both agreed that the president, who took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States, should’ve immediately responded by saying only citizens can vote. Obama took Rodriguez’s use of the word “citizens” and built his answer on that. He said citizens who know illegal immigrants shouldn’t be afraid of voting for fear that ICE or the border patrol will find out who they are and seize their loved ones.
Let’s get to the real issue here:
Gina Rodriguez is an actress currently starring in the CW show “Jane the Virgin,” as well as a role on the soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Speaking as a trained journalist with a degree, Rodriguez’s question was horribly worded. Clearly, she was asking whether illegal immigrants would be found out by law enforcement if they vote. Simple answer: If you are not a citizen, you cannot vote. Illegal immigrants, however, are represented when it comes to drawing and gerrymandering districts, as the Supreme Court ruled earlier this year.
However, the arrogance of her line, “I call them ‘citizens’ because they contribute to this country” is a complete and total insult to every immigrant that has come into this country and has gone through the full naturalization process, adapting their culture and lives to the laws of the United States. It’s an unquestionable fact that illegal immigration is a huge contribution to the labor force, but for Rodriguez to sit in front of the president and apply her own interpretation of the term “citizen” in front of the chief law enforcer of this nation is quite honestly rude.
But, there’s an even deeper point. Kyle Smith of the New York Post wrote in 2015 how a generation of young Americans have been brainwashed by Jon Stewart-types into ultimately getting their news and talking points from Hollywood. This is an extremely dangerous trend considering the talk show hosts and actors are part of “THE TOP 1%” that Bernie Sanders warned about, and should not be preaching to everyday Americans (and maybe check their privilege, to use an SJW line.)
Another quick note: During the interview with Rodriguez, President Obama plugged iwillvote.com. Go to that site, and remember whenever any Democrat politician mentions that address, the site is funded by the DNC.