Appearing on MiTu, a multi-channel network on YouTube aimed at Latino millennials, on Friday, President Barack Obama urged illegal immigrants to vote in the United States presidential election.
During the sit down interview, host Gina Rodriguez asked the president specifically about illegal immigrants voting.
“Many of the millennials, dreamers, undocumented, um, citizens — and I call them citizens because they 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?”
Obama bizarrely responds that you are a citizen when you vote.
“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 rules somehow are transferred over and people start investigating et cetera,” Obama responded. “The sanctity of the vote is strictly confidential in terms of who you voted for. If you have a family member who maybe is undocumented, then you have an even greater reason to vote.”
The question that Obama was bizarrely responding to was specifically about -illegal immigrants- being afraid to vote. He is essentially saying in his response that they can go ahead and vote because nobody is going to go track them down.
Rodriguez then begins to respond that there has been a “huge fear, presented especially during this election,” presumably speaking of the undocumented people she was referring to in her original question. The president cuts her off however, and is careful to emphasize that citizens should go vote, to be a voice for their friends and classmates who are illegal and won’t be.
“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 because they can’t legally vote,” Obama says.
At the end of the interview they urge people to go to a website where they can learn about voting and confirm their polling locations.
“Every vote matters,” he concludes.