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The current state of the nation's capital is an embarrassment of unrelenting chaos and filth. 

Every day, a number of innocent victims are carjacked by teenagers illegally wielding guns and engaging in violence. The Washington D.C. City Council, made up entirely of Democrats and leftists, recently voted to reduce penalties for these crimes, ensuring the problem will only get worse — with no recourse for those being threatened and assaulted at the end of the barrel. 

With crime raging and threatening the city's economic viability, what happened just a few months ago completely undermines the very same democracy Democrats have been screaming about protecting. 

On October 18, 2022, the same city council members voted to pass the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022. "Local residents" include illegal immigrants and adversarial foreign spies. 

"Under the legislation, noncitizen residents could vote as long as they meet all other D.C. voting requirements: they are 18 or older and they have lived in the District of Columbia for at least 30 days," Local WTOP news reported at the time. "An estimated 51,000 residents in the District are noncitizens, according to the Migration Policy Institute." 

This is, of course, outrageous, and it's happening in Democrat-run cities across the country. In 2021, New York City passed a measure allowing at least 800,000 illegal immigrants and other non-citizens to vote. It was struck down by a judge, and yet, Democrats in other cities — like D.C. — have pressed on with similar legislation. 

"There is no statutory ability for the City of New York to issue inconsistent laws permitting noncitizens to vote and exceed the authority granted to it by the New York State Constitution," State Supreme Court Justice Ralph Porzio ruled last year, striking down the measure. "Though voting is a right that so many citizens take for granted, the City of New York cannot 'obviate' the restrictions imposed by the constitution."

Back in Washington, D.C., federally elected House Republicans voted to overturn the outrageous illegal voting bill that has yet to go through the court system. 

"Today the House took the first step to prevent two of the D.C. Council's irresponsible and dangerous laws from going into effect. These misguided efforts would allow crime to run rampant and disenfranchise American citizens in our nation's capital," House Oversight Committee Chairman released in a statement about the move. "Our nation's capital city is in crisis, but the D.C. Council has prioritized radical bills that would embolden criminals to remain on the streets and allow noncitizens, including illegal immigrants, to vote in local elections. We must ensure that these terrible laws do not take effect. The Senate must take the next step so that we can protect the American people from the D.C. Council's path of destruction." 

But while the Republican-controlled House voted to preserve the integrity of the vote by allowing only U.S. citizens to cast a ballot, the Democrat-controlled Senate is unlikely to do the same. 

Republican Senator Tom Cotton, who introduced legislation last fall to block the D.C. law, is pointing out the absurdity of it all. 

"The D.C. plan to let illegal immigrants vote is crazier than it sounds: Russian embassy staff will be able to vote in D.C. elections!" Cotton pointed out this week on Twitter. "And most Congressional Democrats support this." 

They do support it, which is exactly why they support an open border with endless catch-and-release policies. 

As the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to rage, with thousands of illegal immigrants continuing to enter the country, falsely claiming asylum and enjoying a free, indefinite release into a U.S. community of their choice, Americans are asking why the Biden administration continues the damaging policy. We know why. They want these people voting – for Democrats. 

Despite its current state, Washington, D.C., belongs to the American people — not to criminals, illegal immigrants and foreign spies. While Republicans are stepping up to return the city to its rightful owners, Democrats continue to embolden lawlessness in order to solidify their corrupt power and one-party rule. In the process, they're undermining the very "democracy" they claim to hold sacred. 

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