One of the great political divides in the nation has been on voter ID. Many of us on the right believe that it should be at least as hard to raise our taxes and send our kids to war as it is to buy a package of pseudoephedrine (see, for instance). Democrats claim that there is no such thing as a voter fraud and the only reason to require ID is because the poor and minorities and the dead find it very hard to figure out how to get any kind of identification even when it is free.
In particular, there is a whole industry on the left that claims that illegals, in particular, don’t vote because, well, that would be illegal and no one who’d already shown themselves to be a scofflaw would possibly ignore another law. This is despite some jurisdictions trying to put illegals on their voting rolls, ostensibly to vote in “local” elections. In reality, once they are on the rolls, they can vote in federal elections, too. The odds of San Francisco, or any other jurisdiction buying into this nonsense, checking birth certificates before registering people to vote approaches zero.
Hopefully, though, we can put the myth of the non-voting illegal to bed for once and for all.
Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina today announced that nineteen foreign nationals were charged with, among other crimes, voting by alien for their actions prior to and on November 8, 2016. A twentieth defendant was charged with aiding and abetting a fellow defendant in falsely claiming United States citizenship in order to register to vote.
As the press release shows, voting illegally is not a trivial crime:
Paez-Jerez faces maximum penalties of eleven years’ imprisonment, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for the term of court commencing on December 11, 2018, in New Bern, North Carolina.
If convicted of false claim of United States citizenship in order to register to vote, and voting by an alien, Amachaghi, Castillo-Boswell, Damatta-Rodriguez, Espinosa-Pena, Fullerton, Martin, Sauls, Silverio-Polanco, and Solano-Rodriguez, would face maximum penalties of six years’ imprisonment, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
If convicted of voting by an alien, Cannizzaro, George, Harris, Jean, Landeros-Mireles, Ramiro-Torres, Romanowski, and Soifils would face maximum penalties of twelve months imprisonment, a $100,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
If convicted of fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents, and voting by an alien, Franco-Rodriguez would face maximum penalties of twenty-six years imprisonment, a $350,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
If convicted of aiding and abetting in falsely claiming United States citizenship in order to register to vote, Denslo Allen Paige would face a maximum imprisonment term of five years, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment.
This is 20 people who were discovered during an investigation of fraudulently receiving federal benefits. It wasn’t even a vote fraud investigation. Last year, a single Ohio county identified 36 cases of illegals voting of which at least seven were indicted.
The entire immigration stalemate is not driven by the GOP wanting to sustain a majority white ethno-state…though a lot of the left and some on the right believe this to be the case. It is driven by the desire of the Democrats to create a dependent and reliable group of voters: illegals. The Democrat opposition to The Wall and to Voter ID have one objective, let as many illegals as possible into the country and allow them to vote. If there was a good faith effort by the Democrats to secure the US borders and enforce our immigration laws, then we, on the right, would have an incentive to talk about DREAMers and overall immigration policy. These indicted illegals are just the tip of the iceberg. They come from one area of North Carolina and they were discovered by chance. A real investigation of voting by illegals nationwide will be much, much worse.
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