Stopping Russian Meddling in U.S. Elections is Unfair to Illegal Aliens, Protest Advocates



Facebook’s attempt to prevent the social media platform from being used (by the Russians or others) to spread disinformation aimed at influencing U.S. election, is too little too late in the estimation of many Americans. But, in the opinion of some illegal alien advocates, reports the Washington Times, the policy is discriminatory. “Facebook’s constantly evolving ad-buying policies discriminate against immigrants based on their citizenship status, effectively silencing organizations that are led by already marginalized people,” complains Isabel Sousa-Rodriguez, a spokesperson for the Florida Immigration Coalition.

Under Facebook’s new policy, buying a political ad now requires a U.S. government-issue ID, a verifiable U.S. address, and a valid Social Security number. See the problem there? Illegal aliens don’t have valid Social Security numbers, meaning that they will be discriminated against if they attempt to buy a political ad on Facebook.

Oddly, the requirement to purchase a political ad on Facebook is actually more stringent than the requirement to register to vote or cast a vote in most places, where neither an ID, nor a verifiable address, nor a Social Security number is needed. But that’s another matter.

Oh, and just in case you might think the opponents of Facebook’s new policy are only worried about the ability of illegal aliens to purchase political ads, opponents of the policy also warn that it “could even snare U.S. citizens, usually older and poorer and often minorities, who don’t have a driver’s license or passport.” This could be a huge problem because, let’s face it, there are a lot of poor people and folks who can’t figure out how to get a government ID who might want to run political ads on Facebook.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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    CNN ran a sympathetic story about a new play in Southern California comparing the deportation of illegal aliens to the murder of Anne Frank and her family by the Nazis. Shameful.

    How low will you go CNN to advance the corrupt Democratic Party’s agenda of open borders CNN?

    You are also insulting all of the Americans with family members who fought, were wounded, and died fighting the Nazis. Disgusting.

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    This is the continual myth espoused by the media that “poor and minority” people cannot get a government ID or a SS number, so they should not be bound by the ID requirements that the rest of us have to meet. There is no one who cannot get a government ID or SS number. Every state has government or private groups that will assist those who don’t have them, for free it they don’t have the money. There has yet to be one valid example of someone who was denied a vote because of ID. There is ALWAYS the guaranteed option of casting a provisional ballot which will be counted if an election is close enough and the ballot is then verified.

    As far as Russia, it’s amazing the power they have over us. Or so is claimed. Hillary had a billion dollar war chest but apparently Russians kept her from even one fall campaign appearance in Wisconsin. Of course maybe the Democrats didn’t want her to collapse in public again. There must have been a Russian who was twisting her arm when she called tens of millions of Americans deplorable and irredeemable. The dumbest move in American political history.

    The media is whining about someone is going to get hurt. People already have. It was just over a year ago that five cops in Dallas were killed by a gunman said to be upset at police killings of blacks. The media, CNN in the lead, spent a solid year insisting Michael Brown was shot down by a racist cop in Ferguson Missouri and then when the Obama Justice Dept. came out with a report that all the forensic evidence and “credible” witnesses supported the cop’s story, the media gave it a couple brief mentions and then it was on to their next biased portrayal against law enforcement. They don’t care. It’s all about stir the pot regardless of the facts.

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    If a US citizen engages in political agitation South of the Border, he’ll end up deported – if he’s lucky – or thrown in jail.

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    In NJ Dem Gov Murphy wants NJ to be Ca of the east. Wants NJ to be Sanctuary state. For every 2 people that leave NJ. One moves in which is a poor Illegal in the cart. I say deport them all , take no prisoners and that also means anchors away.

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    It all sounds good to block illegals but in reality the Liberals (American Citizens) will get there adds in Facebook under there information because they are Snowflakes that care more about illegals then they do for the Security and Safety of American Citizens.

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    This is a GOOD thing! Who cares what illegals think? They have NO rights here! They are criminal trespassers who have already shown they do not repsect our country or its laws. And now they blatantly show they don’t respect our citizens. Why should any American care what the illegal aliens think? No patriotic American would want any illegal weighing in on ANY of our national elections!

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    I wish somebody would have the guts to start calling this whole Russian meddling nonsense the hoax that it is. This really is the Emperor’s New Clothes where everybody has to agree about the meddling even though nobody from the government has shown us any real proof, just silly accusations about it and “dividing” us.

    If RT.com posts a story about Syria from the Russian perspective why am I supposed to immediately dismiss it? Especially when after a long period of time the US government finally admits to what was in the story? If some Russian posts a response to me on a message board, I am not required to believe it. If I do, I am just as dumb as I would be if I blindly believed our government.

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