Voting by non-citizens in U.S. federal elections is a felony. But apparently evidence of that is not enough to interfere with the naturalization process.

An investigative report by a New Mexico TV station found and interviewed non-citizens who had voted numerous times in U.S. national elections. In two of those interviews they found that the aliens were in the process of applying for U.S. citizenship. However, the applications were on hold by the Homeland Security Department because of the admitted illegal voting. The consequences? They were instructed by DHS that they had to cancel their voting registration.

It appears that the law against illegally registering to vote – which requires falsely affirming U.S. citizenship – is being rendered toothless by lack of enforcement. It does not result in fines or imprisonment or deportation or – it seems – even an impediment to obtaining U.S. citizenship.