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Thread: Question on Non Citizens voting, political involvement ect.

  1. #1
    I am a ironworker and as part of my employment joined the union at my shop. My chief steward is a permanent resident ( not a citizen ). We recently had a union meeting followed by a family picnic. My wife ( who is a permanent resident as well, citizenship application in process ) started talking to the chief steward and tells him that she didn't think it was legal for him to be a union steward because of the political involvement, also that he could not vote on anything, because you must be a citizen to vote. He told her he does not know anything about that law and will continue with his stewardship / voting on work related union issues.

    Now, what's the law in this case.
    Is it not true that non citizens can not vote, any type / kind of vote at all not just presidential, but state wide and local as well ?
    Also, can you volunteer for a union, political action team or even be employed by such party ?
    I know the stewards in my unit get reimbursed for their union dues at the end of each year, is that considered payment from political funds ?

  2. #2
    I am a ironworker and as part of my employment joined the union at my shop. My chief steward is a permanent resident ( not a citizen ). We recently had a union meeting followed by a family picnic. My wife ( who is a permanent resident as well, citizenship application in process ) started talking to the chief steward and tells him that she didn't think it was legal for him to be a union steward because of the political involvement, also that he could not vote on anything, because you must be a citizen to vote. He told her he does not know anything about that law and will continue with his stewardship / voting on work related union issues.

    Now, what's the law in this case.
    Is it not true that non citizens can not vote, any type / kind of vote at all not just presidential, but state wide and local as well ?
    Also, can you volunteer for a union, political action team or even be employed by such party ?
    I know the stewards in my unit get reimbursed for their union dues at the end of each year, is that considered payment from political funds ?

  3. #3
    Not quite true davdah:

    One of the most important privileges of democracy in the United States of America is the right to participate in choosing elected officials through voting. As a Permanent Resident you can only vote in local and state elections that do not require you to be a US citizen. It is very important that you do not vote in national, state or local elections that require a voter to be a US citizen when you are not a US citizen. There are criminal penalties for voting when you are not a US citizen and it is a requirement for voting. You can be removed (deported) from the US if you vote in elections limited to US citizens.

    USCIS - Now you are a PR

    Also a PR can contribute financially to political funds:

    Benefits of a Green Card
    "What you see in the photograph isn't what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying."

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