You are quibbling about the spin in the original article, I am speaking to its substance.
My argument is that there is literally no substance to any of this, which is why the news is only being picked up by right wing media, which is consumed by non-persuadable conservative voters. So there is no substance or political effect. So the article the and OP are 100% wrong.
Affirming that only citizens can vote is not merely symbolic or sentimental.
It is literally exactly that. This is a legislative body that can pass actual laws.
In California, they are registering non-citizens who obtain drivers licenses to vote
Please source evidence of non-citizens voting in numbers.
and have passed Sanctuary State laws, mirrored elsewhere, which implement non-cooperation with federal law enforcement in dealing with illegal aliens.
Non-cooperation with ICE is probably the moral thing to do.
In other words, the opposite is already occurring.
Since the opposite would be encouraging non-citizens to vote, and nobody does that, this is also wrong.
And if your objection is that it is a "stunt" because there is already a superseding federal law (i.e., "it's already illegal"), then I can only assume you feel the same way about the Democratic House's recent resolution on antisemitism, Islamophobia (lol), anti-LTBGQXYZ,
I would say that's a 100% symbolic vote and Republicans voting against it are not shitting the bed for 2020.
I am not-joking puzzled at how you are essentially taking this original at face value after it's been fact-checked, shown to be wrong, and there's been no fallout for Democrats in the aftermath.