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What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

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WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 13: Streaks in the sky form at sunset behind the U.S. Capitol Building on November 13, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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When you think about foreign interference, you probably think about someone living far away and trying to sneak money into the American elections.

But there are millions of non-citizens – foreigners – legally living, working, and paying taxes in the United States. Some of them would like to participate in elections that could influence their jobs and their future.

Are they allowed to participate in any way in U.S. elections? And what's the line between participation and meddling? Today on the show, we find out.

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