Democrats are coming up with all manner of excuses to quash state efforts to prevent election fraud, including denying that laws to prevent voter ID fraud would have any impact. We keep adding to the list of identity mills uncovered by federal law enforcement as American identities are bought and sold to keep up with the demands of illegal immigrants. Is the vote valuable enough to protect, or should we give away the right to vote just as we are giving away the rights of American citizenship?
Democrats deny voter ID fraud exists
Not only are Democrats not concerned about voter ID fraud, they deny that it exists, or that voter ID laws would have any effect. The chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus tells us:
Texas Attorney General Abbott still cannot find evidence of fraud that would have been stopped by a voter ID. That’s because voter ID laws attempt to solve a problem that does not exist. But they create a very real problem, threatening the voting rights of millions of Americans.¹
Since fraud is not an issue, should we make it easier for illegals to vote?
Voter Empowerment Act would allow last-minute registration
With months to go before another presidential election, Democrats unveiled their Voter Empowerment Act in May, claiming that three million Americans were unable to vote in 2008 because of issues with their registration.² The bill would circumvent state efforts to protect the vote, just as the Department of Justice stamped out state initiatives to enforce immigration laws and stripped away any possibility that local enforcement could report an illegal immigrant. The bill’s provisions include:
Authorizing same-day registration and permitting voters to update their registration data onsite.³
Empowerment Act sponsors deserve credit for coming up with this one. It is hard to imagine a better climate for voter fraud than a rushed polling place with harried election judges trying to approve instant registrations while the line outside the door grows longer, and patience shorter.
Identity mills for illegals speak to the pervasiveness of document fraud
Voting Follows Citizenship as Our Government Devalues America gave examples of Homeland Security seizures of identity mills. The list continues to grow:
Twenty-two individuals were charged and arrests were made in six states Wednesday in connection with an alleged scheme to fraudulently obtain driver’s licenses for illegal aliens and other ineligible individuals, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.4
Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are searching for 30 suspects in five states after three indictments were unsealed in federal court alleging their involvement in a scheme to illegally obtain driver’s licenses from New Mexico.5
Two Mexican nationals residing in Baltimore were sentenced to prison for conspiring to operate a document mill in Baltimore and selling thousands of fraudulent government identification documents manufactured as part of the conspiracy.6
Acquiring an American identity does not sound like much of a challenge. What comes next?
If I was an illegal immigrant, I would vote
Why would an illegal immigrant with good, solid American identification not show up at the polls on Election Day, especially if there was no possibility of ID being checked (see: Seven Reasons to Endorse the Idea of Illegal Immigrants Voting)? Our president keeps telling illegals that they are being treated unfairly by a broken set of laws. He has also told them that the U.S. needs their skills to survive and prosper. If you knew that Barack Obama’s reelection could mean Washington will wave the wand of amnesty over the nation, or at least provide another offer of immunity, wouldn’t you vote?
How do you report an illegal immigrant voting when you can’t ask?
Democrats are good at this sort of thing. They have figured out most of the angles when it comes to granting de facto citizenship. Don’t ask, don’t tell created problems when the military adopted the policy, but when it comes to immigration, not asking is just what Democrats want.
How do you report an illegal immigrant who wants to vote? You can’t. No one can ask about immigration status, and even if we could, identity mills make sure the answer comes up “American.” Fortunately, we have been assured that voter ID fraud is not a problem, or at least it won’t be until Mitt Romney wins the election.