vote_here_signThe Blaze website reported April 20 on the federal government funding nonprofit organizations to provide courses to immigrants that would help prepare them to apply for citizenship and become eligible to vote.

The funding for this program in this election year is $10 million, but the citizenship services (USCIS) branch of Homeland Security (DHS) that is providing the funds claims that it is not tax dollars being spent on the program.

The article reports that DHS claims that funding for the program does not come from appropriations approved by Congress, but rather from fees collected from other applicants for immigration services. This argument has been used before by USCIS to thwart congressional efforts to cut off DHS programs that were considered inappropriate. It is true that USCIS operates under a congressional mandate to set a fee-for-service system that relieves the U.S. taxpayer from having to support services for non-citizens, but that does not exempt them from congressional oversight.

So, even though this program is aimed at swelling the voting ranks of newly minted U.S. citizens who historically have tended towards support for big government and vote for Democrat, USCIS is telling the Republicans who control both houses of Congress that there is nothing they can do about it.

Those who should be especially mad at USCIS for funding this program are immigrants seeking services from USCIS. Why? Because USCIS obviously is setting the fees they charge for their services too high in order to generate a slush fund that they can use for producing more new voters.