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Immigrants and the vote: A well-intentioned City Council bill has some problems

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Our permanent resident friends and neighbors are New Yorkers, full stop. They work essential (and nonessential) jobs, send their kids to public schools, call on the police and are policed, and pay our hefty city taxes. They should have a say in selecting who runs our government.

To those who argue giving legal residents the franchise cheapens the idea of citizenship or disincentivizes naturalization, we say that expanding democratic participation will instead strengthen our civic fabric — and likely whet the group’s........

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