Two diverse issues, the influx of illegal immigrants over the past several years and the refusal to enact voter identification laws, may weigh heavily on the 2014 and 2016 elections.
In a number of jurisdictions, particularly large cities, voting fraud has become a significant challenge. Last December, the New York Post reported that the City Police Department conducted an extensive number of tests and found that votes could be easily cast using the names of deceased or recently moved individuals.
The challenge this poses will increase with the large number of illegal aliens dispersed throughout the nation.
While neither Republicans nor Democrats have been diligent on this issue, the current Administration’s exceptional lack of enthusiasm for enhancing the extremely lax controls on the nation’s southern gateway is unprecedented. There may well be a pragmatic motivation for that.
The reason is deeply and basely political. According to the Pew Research Center these new arrivals are overwhelmingly favorable to the Democrat party. “In 2012, the Pew Research Center’s National Survey of Latinos found that among Latino immigrants who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents (and therefore likely unauthorized immigrants), some 31% identify as Democrats and just 4% as Republicans…Democratic candidates have garnered a greater share of the Hispanic vote than Republican candidates in every election over the past three decades…”
The reasons are not difficult to comprehend. The illegals hope for access to the types of social safety net programs largely emphasized by Democrat incumbents and candidates.
Illegal immigrants, voting overwhelmingly Democratic, can cast unlawful ballots with relative ease.. Writing in the Huffington Post, Howard Foster notes that “Only two states actually require proof of citizenship in order to register (Arizona and Kansas). The others merely require the applicant sign a sworn statement attesting to the fact that he or she is a citizen…It stands to reason that illegal immigrants who are illegally registered to vote would have a very real stake in seeing to it that Republicans do not come to power with their…ideas about requiring proof of citizenship to vote (which has been required since the founding of the Republic)… There is a huge problem with voter fraud…it is proven by the vehemence of the Democrats, the beneficiaries of the fraud, toward enforcement of our laws.”
The significant cost to the taxpayers, and the threat to our national health and safety, render illegal immigration a major threat. It is unacceptable for politicians to turn a blind eye towards the crisis for partisan gain.
Many Republicans have been reluctant to vigorously oppose the President’s willfully blind policy towards illegal immigration for fear of alienating Latino voters. Some political analysts, however, say the GOP has ample reason to be concerned about allowing the surge to go forward. Unopposed by the hyper-partisan Justice Department of Eric Holder, illegal aliens could be encouraged to unlawfully cast votes. New residents from outside the U.S. vote for Democrat candidates in vastly greater numbers than they do for Republicans.
According to the Center for Immigration Studies, “In recent years, a concerted effort has been gathering force to allow new immigrants to the United States to vote without becoming citizens. It is being mounted by an alliance of liberal (or progressive, if you prefer) academics and law professors, local and state political leaders most often associated with the Democratic Party or other progressive parties like the Greens, and community and immigration activists. They are working in tandem to decouple the legal standing to vote from American citizenship.”