Nguyen`s Letter Went Right By The Book…The Immigration and Nationality Act

Regarding the furor in VDARE.COM`s

Saturday Forum
about this allegedly "reprehensible"
phrase in

candidate Nguyen`s famous letter:

are advised that if your residence in this country is
illegal or you are an immigrant,

voting in a federal election is a crime

could result in jail time,
and you will be deported
for voting without having a right to do so" . . .

let`s have a reality check.

As I`ve explained previously in my

Frequently Asked Questions
page, under the
definitions of the Immigration and Nationality Act in
the United States Code, an "immigrant" is an
alien who has become a "lawful permanent resident"
of the United States—also known as a "green card"

By becoming a citizen, an LPR is
technically no longer an “immigrant” in the eyes
of the law.

The Immigration Act also explains
the clear difference between

immigrant and non-immigrant

The bottom line is: neither
immigrants nor non-immigrants can vote in the United
States. Only United States citizens can

do so legally

So what`s the problem with the
Nguyen letter? Politics is politics. But the legal
definition of an “immigrant” is clear. It`s an
LPR—a lawful permanent resident of the United States

And an immigrant, lawful permanent
resident of the United States—has no business voting in
United States elections. Period. End of story.

Section 101(a)(15)
of the Immigration and
Nationality Act states that "The term "immigrant"
means every alien except an alien who is within
one of the following classes of nonimmigrant aliens
. . ."

The U.S. Citizenship and
Immigration Services

the distinctions as follows:

"Permanent Resident Alien
– an alien
admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent
resident. Permanent residents are also commonly referred
to as immigrants; however, the Immigration and
Nationality Act (INA) broadly defines an immigrant as
any alien in the United States, except one legally
admitted under specific nonimmigrant categories (INA
section 101(a)(15)). An illegal alien who entered the
United States without inspection, for example, would be
strictly defined as an immigrant under the INA but is
not a permanent resident alien. Lawful permanent
residents are legally accorded the privilege of residing
permanently in the United States. They may be issued
immigrant visas by the Department of State overseas or
adjusted to permanent resident status by U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services in the United

So under the legal definitions
commonly accepted in the

federal immigration bureaucracy,
an "immigrant"
is a lawful permanent resident of the United States—but

a citizen

And LPRs aren`t

allowed to vote.

There`s nothing reprehensible
about it.

Juan Mann [email
him] is an attorney and the proprietor of
He writes a weekly column for
contributes to Michelle Malkin`s

Immigration BLOG