Lawmakers See Sanctuary Cities as Havens for Voter Fraud



Raising concerns about election security in sanctuary jurisdictions, 23 members of Congress want the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue and prosecute noncitizens on voter rolls.

In an Oct. 9 letter, the lawmakers asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “thoroughly investigate all instances of foreign nationals, visa holders, refugees and other noncitizens that are either included in voter databases or have been found to cast ballots in any election and prosecute those violations fully.”

The letter came as the California Department of Motor Vehicles admitted it had registered 1,500 non-eligible individuals, including non-U.S. citizens, through the national Motor Voter program.

The congressmen – all Republicans — expressed particular concern about mischief in jurisdictions that have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal aliens.

“[Sanctuary jurisdictions] already refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities …

and are ripe for widespread participation by noncitizens in our elections,” according to the letter, whose top signatory was Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala.“Their direct refusal to follow federal law leads us to believe that these sanctuary jurisdictions also defy their legal obligation to verify citizenship status when individuals register to vote.”

California declared itself a sanctuary state (an act recently ruled unconstitutional if it were applied to 121 charter cities). Other sanctuary states are Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Oregon and Vermont, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. CIS lists more than 200 sanctuary cities and counties nationwide.

In August, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) documented 3,100 noncitizens on voter-registration rolls in 13 locales.

The congressional letter cited “exceptional work” by one federal prosecutor as a model “that should be replicated across the country.” In action reported by FAIR last month, Robert J. Higdon Jr., U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced indictments against 19 foreign nationals for illegal voting and election fraud.

There’s been no public response from Sessions’ office, but election-integrity groups are betting many more cases could be made if prosecutors will start looking. “We can’t overstate the deterrent power that prosecution carries,” noted PILF Communications and Research Director Logan Churchwell.

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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.

10 Comments

  1. avatar

    Definitely. How do you think whackos like Pelosi and Maxine get elected! Time to clean it up. Knock down sanctuary cities now. Not one taxpayer penny for these rancid nests of absurdity and ant-iAmericanism.

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    ILLEGALS CANNOT VOTE AND THEY CARELESS ABOUT THAT . DONT MAKiNG UP STORIES ABD STIR UP THiNGS . LIARS .

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      Someone needs to scan articles more carefully. It’s about “non citizens” voting. That can include legal or illegal. Had you bothered to notice, it says “19 foreign nationals” in North Carolina had indictments issued against them.

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    When the Trump administration appointed a panel to study how many people were registered and voting when they shouldn’t be, they eventually disbanded because certain states and jurisdictions refused to turn over records. Guess which ones. You’re right, tell them what they’ve won Johnny. All sanctuary jurisdictions.

    Supposedly we are in some wave of global warming. But temps in certain cities in the center of the country have been 30 degrees or more below average and snow in many states.

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    California registered 1,500 aliens to vote? That’s just in one tiny county, right? I mean, there must be HUNDREDS of thousands in Los Angeles County, right?