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San Francisco Becomes Largest US City To Allow Non-Citizens Voting Rights In Local Election

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San Francisco just became the largest U.S. city to allow non-citizens to vote in local races. This gives all of those who live, work, and raise their children in the Bay Area an opportunity to weigh in on the school board without requiring citizenship. In 2016, San Francisco residents voted to allow non-citizens with children in the city’s school system to vote for school board members. The city has spent about $310,000 setting up a new registry system but are already facing one major issue. At this time, only 49 non-citizens have registered to vote and that may be due to fears the of being listed on a roll that could be used to identify them by immigration services.

San Francisco is allowing more undocumented people to vote in local elections.

The program has opened up school board elections to non-citizens who are over the age of 18, city residents and have children under age 19. Now they are taking the program and allowing all undocumented residents to vote on local elections.

California has been a leader when it comes to offering opportunities to those here without papers, including providing designated driver’s licenses, college tuition breaks and child healthcare. Voting is a first in the state and many see it as a reflections of California’s huge immigrant population. San Francisco had started registering non-citizens to vote in the Nov. 6 election back in July and each voter would cost the city to about $6,300 per voter. City officials say one-third of all parents whose children are in San Francisco public schools are non-citizens.

“It will speak to that sort of sense that change is coming to the United States and that change is being done extralegally somehow,” Louis DeSipio, a professor of political science at UC Irvine, told the LA Times.

City officials hope the program gets more non-citizen parents involved but getting them to register to vote might be the hardest part.

While San Francisco is a sanctuary city, many non-citizens are concerned about having their information out in public records. Following the election of President Donald Trump, fears that signing up to vote could expose non-citizens to immigration authorities might have put a damper on the program and a big reason why only 49 have registered.

Shamann Walton, a San Francisco Unified School District commissioner, says that the low-turnout this year isn’t indicative of the success of the program and sees why many haven’t come forward to vote.

“I share the same fear [as] our undocumented residents,” Walton told the LA Times. “I don’t expect people to rush to the polls and give the federal government the opportunity to attack our city residents.”

San Francisco follows the lead of a few other cities in the U.S. where non-citizens are allowed to vote in local elections, not state or federal.

San Francisco’s move to allow non-citizens to vote has caused some backlash from conservatives that are using it as a political issue. They say it’s yet another example of California’s efforts to protect people in this country illegally from the president’s immigration crackdown. Yet several cities in Massachusetts and Chicago have already allowed at various times non-citizens to vote in local elections.


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These Male Fitness Instagram Models Are The Kind Of Fuego You Need On Your Timeline

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These Male Fitness Instagram Models Are The Kind Of Fuego You Need On Your Timeline

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We see you eyeing the eight pounds of tamarindo candy, but life is all about balance. These hot, fit Latino fitness gurus on Instagram will inspire you to try your best and reach for all of you fitness goals.

Basically, this page is for you to enjoy while you eat all that Vero Mango and de la Rosa this month. Happy snacking.

Elias Athe

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With over 144k followers, Elias is freakishly ripped. Personally, he might also be my style icon. Like, wait till you see that haircut under that very cute hat.

Pablo Alfaro

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Guadalajara based Pablo Alfaro won Mr. Mexico 2018 this year, for the most obvious reasons ever. Open your eyes. This guy’s a winner.

Brett Hoebel

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Hoebel is the Brazilian yogi known as the trainer for NBC’s “Biggest Loser.” His Instagram is basically a feed of him and his partner doing acrobatic yoga that is very impressive. He also offers 20 minute online training programs online.

Alexis Vazquez

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With almost 100k followers, this 22 year old Mexicano is famous for being one superhero of the five “Wapayasos y Horripicosos.” He’s in a very sexy clown group that aims to teach good values to children (and win over their moms into forcing them to watch the show, IMO).

Jeff Ferreira

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This Brazilian gone New York based model has almost 900k followers and counting. He doesn’t have to be famous for anything other than his body and we stand by that.

Darian Alvarez

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He once worked in the corporate role but gave it all up to focus on his fitness. Today, he owns one of the most popular gyms in Miami, where he is also a personal trainer. His transformation is amazing and inspiring.

Piero Renero

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I mean, need I say anything? Piero won Mr. Model Mexico for doing more than striking a pose. These bodies all take work.

Don Saladino

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Don Saladino “trains superheroes.” Literally. He is the celebrity trainer for Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, and Ray Donovan.

Luis Gutierrez

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Luis is your classic Instagram model. He just looks good, and is an openly gay Colombiano. Trust, his feed flaunts it and I’m here for it.

Diego de Tovar

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Diego is an actor for Telemundo and played Xavier in Netflix’s “Opening Night” in 2016. He also chills poolside for the benefit of male oglers around. I’m guessing that’s you, if you’re reading this.

Edgar Ramos

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Male fashion and fitness model Edgar Ramos is proud to be Mexican. Wait till you check out his feed. I want that “Mexican Lover” sweatshirt.

Jorge Eduardo Rivera Lara

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Rivera is more of an up and coming fitness model, but note that his posts do not disappoint. Plus, his piano playing will melt your heart.

Gustavo Castrejon

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Based in the Yúcatan, Gustavo prides himself in being an online coach. That’s right Americanos, you can talk to this veiny, ripped dude from the comfort of your de la Rosa littered couch. My guess is you have to be down to train, so ball’s in your court.

Isaac

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Again, ladies and gentz, I did my best here to find you some man candy to join your candy candy fest. Isaac is a #LatinoWhoLifts …and benches …and inspires, etc.

Javier Ibarr

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Based in Mexico, Javier has the finer appreciation for life. He also shares on his Instagram story all the healthy foods he preps himself and the knowledge he’s gained from 12 years of training.

Egg

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Army vet Egg loves Texas, loves his dogs and loves lifting weights. I’ll be honest, the Army uniform is what got me. Check it out, mi gente.

Howar

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This one is for my mamis out there. Howar is the father of three children and cares about “gym y más gym” according to his Instagram profile.

@gmalexjr

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Don’t fear. His Instagram is private but this Mexicano will inspire you to go to the gym, or keep eating tamarindo. We support either/both.

Alvarez Rodrigo

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No, he’s not big in the fitness community, but if you’re like me and feel nothing but fear around super big guys, Alvarez might be more your type. Yes, this is effectively an anonymous Instagram Bachelor’s roundup.

Bret Contreras

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Bret is here to reclaim my dignity. We hope that seeing photos of people carrying heavy things on their shoulders and flexing their muscles inspires you to make whatever you want of life.


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