NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New Haven Mayor John DeStefano says he will ask the state legislature to allow illegal immigrants who live in the city to vote in municipal elections.
The New Haven Register reports that DeStefano said Tuesday the proposal would build a more engaged community and follows the lead of other cities.
Immigrants who are in the U.S. legally or illegally and may not vote now would still be unable to vote in state or federal elections.
DeStefano, a Democrat, said illegal immigrants pay taxes indirectly through rent and send their kids to New Haven schools and should be able to vote.
In 2007, New Haven approved a program providing municipal identification cards for all residents _ including illegal immigrants _ to provide access to services such as banking and the library.
Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com
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