Thank you Mayor DeStafano of New Haven Connecticut for providing such rich material for my blog! If I had to invent a progressive straw man for my arguments, I could not have come up with a figure as absurd as you! While I affirm that all residents, regardless of their immigration status, should be treated humanely and have the right to due process, your proposal to allow non-citizens to vote is wrong on so many levels:
1) A nation state ceases to exist when we eliminate the political distinction between citizens and non-citizens and negates the sovereign rights of the former.
2) This is a prime example of the expansion of rights coupled with the erosion of responsibility. Specifically, the right to vote is coupled with being a citizen and complying with the laws of the land.
3) Determining that a city should not utilize its limited resources to apprehend non-violent undocumented immigrants is a reasonable proposal, but Mayor DeStafano's policy to reward those who technically should not be in the United States with voting rights is indefensible.
4) Utilizing non-citizens as a means to shore up one's diminishing electoral support among the citizens of New Haven is ethically questionable to say the least. It is an example of a politician seeking to "elect a new people."
Mayor DeStafano, I suggest that you read up on the laws that govern sane nations, like Mexico, who would quickly deport any non-citizen who interfered in their internal politics, let alone attempted to vote in their elections!