Frequently Asked Questions: “Foreign National” Involvement in Electoral Activity.
United We Dream Action is excited to engage in electoral activity this year and greatly values all of its members and supporters enthusiasm for this new activity. There are, however, important restrictions that apply to these activities that do not apply to our other types of educational and advocacy work. We have prepared this FAQ so everyone is aware of these restrictions and we can protect UWDA as well as everyone helping make our mission successful.
UWDA is going to endorse candidates for public office and, in some cases, make independent expenditures to support their campaigns. The campaign, #HereToStay, is our first electoral effort of this kind.
UWDA, of course, is centrally focused on the rights and interests of immigrants to the United States. Federal law prohibits any “foreign national” from directly or indirectly making a contribution, expenditure, donation of money or any other thing of value in connection with a Federal, state or local election. A “foreign national” includes any individual who neither is a citizen of the United States nor is lawfully admitted for permanent residence (has a green card). The following FAQs address some basic questions about foreign national participation in federal, state, and local elections and how that might affect participation in our electoral activities.