Obama Adminstration Wants Illegal Immigrants to Vote, Says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne

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Tom Horne, Arizona's attorney general, is defending a law that requires proof of citizenship to be presented in order to register to vote.

President Obama's hoping to secure votes from illegal immigrants by fighting an Arizona law that requires proof of citizenship at the polls, says Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.

The Obama Administration filed an amicus brief on Friday with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in preparation for more hearings on a legal challenge to the voter-approved law. The government's lawyers argue that the voter-approved Proposition 200 from 2004 illegally pre-empts federal law on voting requirements. Since the law went into effect, Arizona has required proof of citizenship for those registering to vote or voting. 

This isn't mere political pandering from the president, Horne says -- Obama wants to tap illegal immigrants directly as an extra base of voters.

If that's the president's strategy, though, it's going to also require plenty of Univision ads. Even critics can't support the idea that illegal immigrants have ever voted in significant numbers.

 

In its brief, the Obama Administration essentially argues that streamlined registration laws are there to ensure the largest possible number of eligible voters find no barriers to fulfilling their civic duty. Federal law says states "shall accept" federal registration forms, and that Arizona -- nor any other state -- has the right to design additional hoops for potential voters to jump through.

People who register to vote already must declare under penalty of perjury that they're eligible, but it's an on-your-honor system. Horne doesn't like that. But he doesn't believe law-breaking immigrants are the main problem. Rather, the potential to cause havoc in elections is more likely to be caused by representatives of groups like the now-defunct ACORN, who "pay people four dollars a head to register people," Horne says.

Whether or not there was ever an actual problem, Arizona Republican leaders can always say they're just protecting the will of Arizona voters by fighting this case vigorously. As the state's new lawsuit against the voter-approved medical-marijuana law proves, however, Horne and Governor Jan Brewer only respect voters if there's a political upside.

The politics on this one are obvious: More fear-mongering on the backs of illegals. You know -- the same kind that propelled Proposition 200 to victory.

Now, it's obvious that an illegal immigrant can't vote legally under current laws, and arguably, shouldn't be able to vote. Citizenship would mean nothing if anyone could vote -- foreigners would dictate U.S. policy, the world as we know it would end, etc. Sure, we get it.

But the anti-Prop-200 lawsuit isn't about getting non-citizens to vote, says Nina Perales, vice president of litigation for one of the plaintiffs in the anti-Prop-200 lawsuit, MALDEF. It's about the thousands of eligible voters whose registration applications were rejected by Arizona voting officials because they couldn't prove they were citizens.

In one period examined by lawyers from 2005 to 2006, Perales explains, the plaintiffs discovered that "thousands" of applications for voting registration by naturalized citizens had been unfairly rejected because the state could not verify the immigrants' status.

(Maricopa County Elections Department spokeswoman Yvonne Reed, however, insists that the county "has not turned away tons of people" because of the Prop 200 law.)

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Nina Perales believes that a law passed by Arizona voters in 2004 that requires proof of citizenship to register to vote should be shot down in federal court.

While some (maybe a lot) of voters have been disenfranchised, the state never has presented a single example of a person who intentionally registered to vote while knowing he or she was ineligible, she says.

Looking at the overall picture, Perales says, it's clear that the statement put out by Horne today (below) about Obama wanting to let illegal immigrants vote "was overblown and simply dishonest."

Of course, she won't be satisfied until the will of voters is thoroughly thwarted so we'll take her statements with a pinch of salt, as well.

Horne's statement follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For more information, contact Amy Rezzonico (602) 542-8019

Horne Blasts Obama Administration for Pushing for Illegals to Vote

PHOENIX (Tuesday, June 7, 2011) -- Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne
today blasted the Obama Administration for filing a late amicus brief in
the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that would push for the ability
for illegal immigrants to vote.

In the Gonzalez v State case, a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit
ruled that Arizona could not require persons registering to vote to
provide proof of citizenship. The Ninth Circuit has granted en banc
review and Attorney General Horne will personally be arguing the case
before an eleven-judge panel on June 21, 2011. Late Friday afternoon,
the Obama Administration filed a late, eleventh-hour amicus brief
arguing that Arizona should not be able to request information to check
if applicants wanting to vote are citizens.

Horne stated: "First, the Obama Administration fails to do its job
on the border. Then it sues Arizona to prevent us from helping to fight
illegal immigration. Then it tries to create a false sense of
complacency by arguing that the border is safe, when it isn't. Now it
argues that persons should be able to register to vote without providing
adequate information enabling verification of citizenship, thus enabling
illegal aliens to register to vote. This is contrary to the interests
of the people of the United State of America."


Click herefor a text version of the Obama Administration amicus brief.

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Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High School.She was raised by her Grandmother who was a whore in Mexico. This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Kitsugab
Kitsugab

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally. The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (hercousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin).All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez.Her Employer is: Dr. Larry Stark   3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100   Phoenix, AZ 85029Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P. Durazo) who actually lives in California.She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587 Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 (which is in Larry Starks name /  Phoenix, AZ 85017    co-signed for)  SRP Acct # 919-863-000    (which is in Larry Starks name)Her Phone # 602-628-3116   (which is in Larry Starks name)Family Assistance Administration Case # 00564738 (Gabriela Sanchez)Dental work provided under the name Patty Sanchez. And full medical (BCBS)is paid for by Larry StarkHer sons name is Carlos Flores-Sanchez and he graduated from Cortez High SchoolThis young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications includingnarcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in.Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft, Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Please address the above issues as soon as possible.

Concerned Citizen 

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Foreigners already dictate federal policy.   It's called Israel.     All of Congress and the President bow down, pledge our money and do what Israel says or they don't get elected or re-elected.    Plenty of stories on New Times about that..not.

White Shark
White Shark

NO dude, it's called EVERYONE...don't blame Israel, for our dumbass President...he's giving money out to everyone and not stimulating our economy.  How about creating jobs. I can care less about this dumb story, but this idiot as Pres, needs to be ousted asap

Bobunf
Bobunf

That reminds of the story I heard a few years ago that the US dictated Mexican foreign policy.

Having only my instinct for nonsense, I think I'll pass on both.

Not surprised
Not surprised

Horne continues to prove he is just an idiot rhetoric spouting politician.  Why can't he just try the cases in court?

He's no where near the caliber of attorney Arizona deserves to have as its AG. 

ConcernedSheep
ConcernedSheep

I don't know how Horne even got elected.  He claims to have 30 years of Trial Lawyer experience, but he has been a school administrator since 1978.  We have Tom to thank for the dismal state of our public school systems. Prior to becoming a public school administrator he was 'permanently banned from trading' by the Security Exchange Commission for fraud and sent his Investment business into bankruptcy.  So just to sum this up.He graduated from a good schoolHe opened his own Investment businessHe committed Fraud and was banned for life by the SEC (like Madoff)He claimed bankruptcy in his businessHe did nothing for a few yearsThen he became a school board member for PVUSD #69 Then he became State Secretary of Public SchoolsThen he became Attorney General for the State of AZ....How does this happen...?

Robert
Robert

Of course it is true! That is why the Obama Administration has been deporting 400,000 undocumented immigrants each year. More than any other President...oh wait...

Jason
Jason

Has the 9th Circuit completely lost its mind? Arizona CAN'T require people registering to vote to provide proof of citizenship?

If I have to show ID at the bank when I go to get money out or put my paycheck in (my work doesn't offer direct deposit), if I have to show ID at Sky Harbor when I travel on vacation, if I have to show ID when I buy a bottle of liquor, then I think Arizona can require people registering to vote to show a government-issued ID when doing so.

I would hope that President Obama and the 9th Circuit would know that the criminal illegals cannot register to vote due to their immigration status. Obama is doing this exclusively to gain voters and votes so that he can coast to victory in 2012, especially given that Hispanics tended to vote for him in 2008.  

Mistalee
Mistalee

Do you have to prove US citizenship to buy liquor and deposit a paycheck?

teknik1200
teknik1200

you missed the part where AZ is turning legitimate voters away.

Guest23
Guest23

As well as not being able to provide any evidence that a non US citizen ever has voted. Once again our elected officials wasting more taxpayer money on useless legislation and the court battles that follow. Horne could have had a slam dunk if he just had even one example of what he fears would take place, than the fed govt would have egg on its face but alas it's just more politicalbrhetoric.

vic
vic

Tom Horn, dumb ass.

vinceclortho1
vinceclortho1

Subtle Trolling?

vic
vic

Trolling?  Are you kidding?  Just giving my honest opinion of the guy, if that's okaywith you. 

teknik1200
teknik1200

no, just speaking the truth.

this guy is an embarrassment.  he needs to go after the real criminals in town like sheriff joke.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Seriously, Horne not only is a double for Elmer Fudd, he has Elmer's intellect. But then, the fear/hate card has ALWAYS worked in Az. Just look at the leadership(?) we have now.

Mistalee
Mistalee

I figured Elmer Fudd or somebody had Horne's intellect, given that Horne's intellect seems to have gone missing.  I hope when they are done with Horne's intellect they give it back - he needs it!

The Misanthropic Recluse
The Misanthropic Recluse

 you sound like you would be a great leader. you seem to know it all or else your making up lies like all the rest.

Lazik11
Lazik11

Voter fraud is such a joke of an issue. It is non-existent. I rank it up there with the big lie about Sudafed.  Needing to fill out a form in triplicate to buy a box while you are sick is so much fun and does NOTHING to reduce the meth problem in this state

Mistalee
Mistalee

"Communist-liberal ACORN is conspiring with Mexicans to keep Kenyan nigras in the White House," says KKK throwback and Arizona AG Tom Horne. "Then they're gonna pregnate our white women, that's what they've been after all along. It's that medical Marijuana, makes them crazy, I don't know why."

The Misanthropic Recluse
The Misanthropic Recluse

 I can volunteer  to pregnant the white women folk if its needed. I have plenty of healthy White Aryan Irish American Sperm.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Aryan-Irish??????? Don't bother, all your kids would be idjits.   

Mistalee
Mistalee

Tough breaks!  A lawyer and a military lifer. Maybe if you have a third kid he'll turn out all right.

The Misanthropic Recluse
The Misanthropic Recluse

 I did drink alot of Kentucky Moonshine and I did snort alot of old school biker crank in the 60s and 70s but as you can see things turned out just fine for me.

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