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A stateless immigrant became a member of the election commission in San Francisco: this is the first case in the United States

A Chinese immigrant has been sworn in to serve on the San Francisco Board of Elections, even though she does not have American citizenship. This raises national security concerns, reports New York Post.

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Kelly Wong, an immigrant rights activist who came to the United States in 2019 from Hong Kong for graduate school, was unanimously appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Feb. 14 to serve on the city's Board of Elections. However, according to legal regulations, she cannot participate in voting.

First case

She is believed to be the first non-citizen ever to serve on the commission. California voters in 2020 approved a measure to eliminate the citizenship requirement for membership on the San Francisco Board of Elections.

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“There are always voices in my head like, 'You can't do this. You are not competent. You are an immigrant. This is not your country,'” Wong said after her historic appointment.

“If I can do it, so can you,” she concluded.

Wong is one of seven people who will oversee and implement the Department of Elections' policies. She will oversee elections, oversee voter registration, mail-in voting and polling locations.

“This appointment is an important milestone for all immigrants throughout San Francisco,” Wong wrote on her LinkedIn profile.

“Representation matters: Thousands of immigrants living in the city participate in politics, and there is no better way to ensure our representation than through leadership positions,” she noted. “I am deeply committed to ensuring that everyone, regardless of immigration status, can shape the future of our city.”

Wong hopes to increase voting participation among immigrants and those who don't speak English.

“Although I am fluent in English, I still face difficulties in learning the new system, let alone participating in political conversations and events,” she explained.

But because the position is unpaid, Wong plans to continue his work with the group Chinese for Affirmative Action, an NGO founded in 1969.

According to the organization's website, its mission is to defend "the civil and political rights of Chinese Americans and promote multiracial democracy in the United States."

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The group was previously responsible for lobbying the government to change the law to allow non-citizens to vote in San Francisco school board elections if their children attended school in the district.

China is playing a long game

But Wong's appointment to the election commission has raised concerns among some in the country about China's growing influence. Sen. Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.) warned that President Xi Jinping is playing a "long game." 452 migrants from China have been caught at the southern border in just the last three days.

“Look, they're flooding our borders with fentanyl, killing Americans,” he said on Feb. 20.

“China is playing a long game here,” the Republican said, arguing that the Chinese have “completely infested the places where people make decisions, including the White House.”

“You know, this is how civilizations end up going astray. And the idea of ​​having an open border where anyone can come from anywhere without question is crazy,” Schmitt concluded. “We need to do everything we can now to hold Mayorkas and President Joe Biden accountable.”

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