Mexican National Indicted in Election Fraud Case



A Mexican national impersonated a U.S. citizen and voted three times in Texas elections, according to a criminal indictment handed down last week. The case adds more fuel to concerns about noncitizens on American voting rolls.

Laura Janeth Garza is charged with voter impersonation and ineligible voting, both second-degree felonies. If convicted, she faces two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

A joint investigation by Texas Attorney General Paxton’s office and the state Department of Public Safety (DPS) determined that Garza obtained documents to steal the identity of a U.S. citizen and illegally register to vote in Harris County. She cast ballots there in 2004, 2012 and the 2016 presidential election.

Garza’s case came to light when a citizen attempted to obtain a U.S. passport, only to discover that Garza had already done so using the woman’s identity. The U.S. State Department referred Garza’s case to the Criminal Investigations Division of DPS, which ultimately handed it over to Paxton’s office for an election fraud investigation.

RELATED: A Closer Look at Illegal Aliens on Voting Rolls

The Garza affair gives more ammunition to an ongoing legal tussle over voter-registration records in Harris County (Houston).

A Mexican national stands accused of impersonating a U.S. citizen and voting three times—largely thanks to a broken honor system which local officials do not feel compelled to answer for,” said J. Christian Adams, president and general counsel at the Public Interest Legal Foundation.

PILF has a pending federal lawsuit seeking Harris County voter-registration records of individuals who have been found to be noncitizens. Last week, PILF countered Harris County’s claim in a state court that the group had no right to the data. PILF is seeking access to voter-registration records before the 2018 midterm elections.

Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 allows individuals to request inspection or seek copies of “records concerning the implementation of programs and activities conducted for the purpose of ensuring accuracy and

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

17 Comments

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    It is going to be more rampant on this next election, because they want to stop Trump at all cost and they are been coach by their advocates and the Hispanic media, to register and vote, not directly, but indirectly and those of us, fluent in the Spanish language, got the message loud and clear.
    They are using the line “ you all need to register to vote,we need to stop the Trump agenda, before you all get deported “ and since only illegals can get deported, it is not difficult to see, who they are sending to register and vote.
    Trump need to punch for a Frderal voter ID, just like Mexico and many other countries have and if the republicans refuse to go nuclear and get it done, we need to vote them all out, because their inaction, is going to cost them, the next election, do to illegal votes and they are to stupid to see it.

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      That is because there aren’t that many who voted. Greg Palast investigated that alligation. Pure bull.

      I don’t believe a word of the “Trumpettes”. They did their own voter fraud in the Swing States to win. The story of Russia and illegals voting is a cover story.

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    JUDICIAL WATCH:

    ILLEGALS VOTING IN MASSIVE NUMBERS IN MEX-OCCUPIED CA

    ‘Eleven of California’s 58 counties have registration rates exceeding 100% of the age-eligible citizenry.’

    ‘California has the highest rate of inactive registrations of any state in the country. Los Angeles County has the highest number of inactive registrations of any single county in the country’

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    Trump initially tried to investigate real interference in our elections. He set up a commission to investigate voter fraud chaired by Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach. But when the liberal media cried that the commission was all about voter suppression, Trump folded like a cheap umbrella. He shut down the commission before it could complete its research into what is probably massive voter fraud on the part of Mexican and other foreign nationals. ED STRAKER

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    Electoral fraud or vote rigging will always result to a big Win for the party who follows the US law about voting honestly. After all, Honesty is the best Policy! There are consequences for the non-abiding law non-citizens! Jail time! Not fun!

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    MEXICANS BREAK EVERY LAW ON THE BOOKS AND PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED THEY ARE ALSO VOTING FOR MORE?

    WHY DO YOU THINK THE DEM POLS ENDLESSLY HISPANDER???????

    “Based on that investigation, a federal grand jury in Sacramento recently returned a nine-count indictment against Gustavo Araujo Lerma, 62, and his wife Maria Eva Velez, 64. Araujo is charged with aggravated identity theft, passport fraud, conspiracy to commit unlawful procurement of naturalization and citizenship, and five counts of voting by an alien.” LLOYD BILLINGSLEY

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      Patricia Watkins on

      I have to agree, that in general, illegals do break many U.S. laws. I interviewed an illegal Mexican long ago and he explained to me how in California it is big business to sell fraudulent ID to illegals. He bought a social security number/card and then he was able to appear legal. He got a driver’s license, credit cards, and decent American jobs. He crossed back & forth over the border to & from Mexico visiting his family and never got caught because he appeared to be legal all due to having fraudulent ID. He got a DUI, lost his job, then forged his driver’s abstract and got another job which involved driving. He was real proud that he get one over on America. A neighbor of mine found out a few months back that his social security number was being used fraudulently by an illegal Mexican. And so HE had to go to all the trouble of sorting out that mess.

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    “Mexicans cheat, distribute drugs, lie, forge documents, steal and kill as if it’s a normal way of life. For them, it is. Mexico’s civilization stands diametrically opposed to America’s culture.” FROSTY WOOLDRIDGE

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      La Raza has them convinced we “owe them”. There is no such debt.

      Even Texas chose to join the US union over Mexico by vote before we had to push them back to Mexico City during the Mexican American War. We gave them back their land to the Reo which we should not have done. All the states along the southern border chose to become part of the union not Mexico. That included Mexicans living there at the time. Many born and raised there for generations.

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      I agree. Both parties look the other way. Time to hold them accountable for breaking our laws and worrying more about other countries then our own.

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    I can’t vote in there election why the left thinks it ok for illegals to vote in ours just shows how crooked they are and that they had plans for a North American Union instead of America U.S.A

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      It was X Elder President Bush’s dream before he dies is to unite all of North and South America into one union of trade and government. Declared it on CSPAN at the 10th Anniversary of NAFTA (another treasonous act against the Constitution). He should have been jailed for treason and his pension removed. The Bush World Crime Gang has never been held accountable.

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