During an interview with the Latin-oriented YouTube channel, Mitu, President Barack Obama essentially gives illegal immigrants the green light to vote. During the sit down with actress Gina Rodriguez, Rodriguez told Obama that many “undocumented citizens” are scared to vote for fear that they will be caught by Immigration officials and deported. Obama’s response seemed to ignore the fact that if you are here illegally you cannot vote and reassured those who fear deportation that they should not be afraid to vote.
“Many of the millennials, Dreamers, undocumented citizens – and I call them citizens because the contribute to this country – are fearful of voting. So if I vote, will Immigration know where I live? Will they come for my family and deport us?” Rodriguez asked.
Obama responded: “Not true, and the reason is, first of all, when you vote, you are a citizen yourself. And there is not a situation where the voting rolls somehow are transferred over and people start investigating, etc. The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential.”
Fox Business Host Neil Cavuto weighed in on the interview on his show Cavuto Coast to Coast on Saturday.
“I can’t believe I heard what I heard,” Cavuto said.
“It was very clear that the question that was being asked was about illegals voting and them being afraid they might be reported to Border Security,” he continued. “You’re ignoring the fact that you are being questioned about illegal voting, which you can’t do. Why? Because you’re not a citizen of this country!”
“You’re illegal! You cannot vote. The President of the United States is saying no one will be spying on you, catching you,” Cavuto continued.
President Obama also added that “If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.”
He continued: “And the reason that fear is promoted is because they don’t want people voting. People are discouraged from voting and part of what is important for Latino citizens is to make your voice heard, because you’re not just speaking for yourself. You’re speaking for family members, friends, classmates of yours in school… who may not have a voice. Who can’t legally vote. But they’re counting on you to make sure that you have the courage to make your voice heard.”