Weird Idea: Why Can’t CA Illegals Be California, But Not US, Citizens?

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Gavin Newsom.  Speak of it.

What if CA Mexican citizens were granted residential recognition, and voting rights, in California, but not federal recognition?

I’m sure there’s some legal nuance.

Still, I can imagine if CA Mexicans have full participation in California’s politics, but are withheld from having rights over outcomes in DC.  Most American commentators would be aghast, but I love the idea of some separation between state and federal matters.

If CA wants to have a foot in both countries: US and Mexico – isn’t that their prerogative as a “state”?

Federal law doesn’t let states mess with federal military bases, etc.  Illegal aliens can’t qualify for federal funds.  But CA could take federal funds and disburse them to Mexican citizens.

I don’t see why we have to be exact or precise about who is a citizen of where.  Overlapping, complex systems are beautiful and effective.

At some point, CA could become more Mexican than US American, but that won’t be any time soon.  So why not a foot in both camps?

My two cents.

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Zachary Sorenson worked for the United States Air Force for six years as a Navigation Officer. He recently quit because of a principled opposition to war. He considers himself to be a Libertarian, and studied Economics at the University of Maryland, College Park. He would like to see the resurgence of a non-political commitment to peace for its own sake, across the spectrum of ideologies.