With more illegal aliens living among U.S. residents, a new filing by a member of the Dallas Charter Review Commission would amend the Dallas city charter to allow non-U.S. citizens to be appointed and serve on all city boards, commissions, and task forces. 

The amendment would change the language in each section of the city charter relating to the eligibility for people to serve on the boards. It would change the word “citizen” to “residents,” “people,” or “persons.”

Stuart Campbell, the commission member representing District 7, proposed the amendment.

“Similar to CM Moreno’s Amendment and Amendment 66 (which we’ve already approved), this is to allow the non-citizens [sic] residents of Dallas to serve as appointees on Boards, Commissions, and Task Forces,” states the report.

This isn’t the first time the discussion around allowing non-citizens to serve on city boards has occurred. In February, Campbell introduced the amendment to the commission, saying that anyone who pays taxes in the city should be allowed to serve on the boards. 

“… to deprive someone the right to serve their community on a board or commission but also to demand they pay taxes is just absurd, injustice and illogical,” said Campbell.

In addition to using “citizen” for eligibility requirements, the document also uses terms like “registered voters” and “voters” to clearly define who may serve.

A review done by The Dallas Express showed that revising the language in the document would impact sections governing the appointments to multiple governing boards such as the Redistricting Commission, City Plan and Zoning Commission, Park and Recreation Board, and Civil Service Board. 

During the Charter Review Commission’s February meeting, Campbell expressed that his proposed amendment had nothing to do with the border crisis but everything to do with what he believes is the way people should be treated.

“This amendment has nothing to do with what’s going on in [Washington D.C.]…it has nothing to do with what’s going on at the border right now,” Campbell said during a meeting Tuesday night. “But it has everything to do with I think the way people should be treated fairly, justly, and with morality if they’re residents of the city of Dallas.”

Incoming Dallas County Republican Party Chair Allen West told Texas Scorecard that this proposal shows exactly the progressive left’s agenda for illegal immigration. 

“I find it unconscionable that the Dallas Charter Review board is considering allowing non-citizens to serve on government boards. Non-citizens do not have any right to hold office in America, certainly not voting, yet the progressive socialist left seeks to elevate illegal immigrants to positions of authority over legal law-abiding American citizens,” said West. “We already know that leftists want illegals counted in our census for electoral gain. Once again, we have evidence of those who are seeking to undermine and are the real threats to our representative democracy and our Constitutional Republic.”

“It’s house cleaning time in Dallas County,” West added. 

A vote on the amendment was scheduled for March 4, however it was tabled. The CRC’s next meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 26. 

Charter amendments require voter approval. Dallas voters rejected a similar proposal in May 2021 by a 2-1 margin. 

Texas Scorecard reached out to the City of Dallas but did not receive a response by publication. 

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.