New Haven Mayor John DeStefano wants illegal immigrants, who live in the city, to be able vote in municipal elections.
DeStefano said on Tuesday that his proposal to the state Legislature would build a more engaged community. New Haven has about 10,000 non-citizen immigrants, reports the New Haven Independent.
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DeStefano, a Democrat, said illegal immigrants who pay taxes indirectly through rent and send their kids to New Haven schools and should be able to vote.
New Haven made national headlines in 2007 when the city approved a program that provides municipal identification cards for all residents, including illegal immigrants, to provide access to services such as banking and the library.