‘It dilutes why people work so hard to become citizens; it dilutes elections as well…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Voting in state and federal elections is reserved for U.S. citizens, but mass illegal immigration is leading to an increased incidence of non-citizen voter fraud—and many prominent officials are now supporting it.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-legal immigration group, fraudulent non-citizen voting—although it undermines honest votes by American citizens—is encouraged by many current Democrats in Congress and codified in Clinton-era federal legislation.
Last month, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy introduced House Resolution 1071, a non-binding bill recognizing that “allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
But the resolution passed with only 279 votes. A shocking 72 House members voted against the symbolic gesture of condemning illegal immigrant voter fraud, and another 69 members voted “present” rather than take a side.
The legislation was designed to put House members on record given the growing number of “sanctuary” cities that are legalizing non-citizen voting.
Millions of illegal immigrants congregate in large cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, which also happen to benefit from increased federal funding and congressional apportionment due to their higher total populations.
By extension, so-called blue states also gain increased Electoral College votes as total population—not total citizens—is the basis for divvying up the 538 Electoral College votes.
McCarthy said that he was sticking up for honest voters with his proposed resolution.
“They feel that they’re disenfranchised—that this is a movement that’s going around with Democrat-controlled cities. That it dilutes why people work so hard to become citizens; it dilutes elections, as well,” McCarthy said.
“People want to make sure the elections are honest and fair and upheld,” he added.
The Center for Immigration Studies is also sounding the alarm about how non-citizen voter fraud is enabled by the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the “Motor Voter” law.
Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1993, just months after his inauguration, the Motor Voter law mandates that “states provide individuals with the opportunity to register to vote at the same time that they apply for a driver’s license or seek to renew a driver’s license,” and when they apply for welfare.
Twelve states now issue driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants, and states like California have taken advantage of the law by automatically registering every driver’s license applicant to vote unless they proactively decline to be registered.
Earlier this month, it was discovered that the California DMV improperly registered more than 1,500 non-citizens within a span of only five months, indicating that many more non-citizens are likely on the state’s voter rolls.
Other evidence offered by CIS, includes a 2014 article published in the journal Electoral Studies which found that “non-citizen voters likely gave Senate Democrats the pivotal 60th vote needed to overcome filibusters in order to pass health care reform,” or Obamacare.
In August 2018, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, an election watchdog headed by former Department of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams, detailed how at least 3,100 illegal aliens were registered to vote in 13 different sanctuary jurisdictions between 2006 and 2018. But the true scope of the problem is almost certainly greater than 3,100 registered non-citizens, considering they were discovered only because they self-reported during their citizenship process.
The U.S. Department of Justice further charged 19 aliens of illegally voting in North Carolina in the 2016 election, but in typical reporting on the issue, The New York Times argued that the accused “were confused about their eligibility to vote.”
Many claim that illegal alien voting fraud is not a problem, or that it is so rare that it doesn’t affect electoral outcomes. But the CIS, begs to differ.
“Lawmakers must begin taking seriously the reality of non-citizen voting,” the group said onTuesday.
“Congress and state legislatures should work together to correct this significant problem and restore integrity to our voting system.”