President Obama is under fire after allegedly alluding that illegal aliens can vote in the general election. Just days prior to Election Day, Obama gave an interview to millennial actress Gina Rodriguez and was asked a question about “Dreamers” and “undocumented citizens” casting votes and then being deported.
To some, his answer doesn't make it clear that neither Dreamers, illegal aliens who were granted amnesty by President Obama, nor illegal aliens, who are legally citizens of foreign nations, can lawfully vote in U.S. federal elections. In fact, to some, it seems he says they can vote without any fear of repercussions such as deportation.
The following is the question posed, along with the answer he gave:
Gina Rodriguez: “Many of the Millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens, and I call them citizens because they 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?”
President Obama: “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.”
Fox News's Neil Cavuto took issue with the President's response, as did Charles Payne of “Making Money with Charles Payne.” The full segment of Payne discussing the president's controversial Q&A with a panel may be viewed below:
Panel member Mark Alderman, a Democratic strategist, denied Obama said it was okay for illegal aliens to vote, stating it was clear he was referring strictly to citizens. Snopes also denies that Obama was encouraging illegal aliens to vote, stating it was clearly millennials of the Latino community he was addressing.
The U.S. Election Assistance Commission specifies that the only individuals who are allowed to vote in federal elections are U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years of age and meet their state's residency requirements.