At first blush, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that states can’t require proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections looks like a disaster.
That’s only because it is.
But not because the court is wrong. It’s because the other two branches of government are wrong.
The high court ruled by a surprisingly wide margin this week, 7-2, that Arizona’s law requiring proof of citizenship to vote in federal elections was impermissible.
Even conservative court stalwart Justice Antonin Scalia said so. And he’s right. States can’t add their own requirements on top of federal elections.
What Arizona – and other states, including Georgia – have tried to do with such requirements is to prevent voter fraud and, essentially, to protect all Americans’ right to vote. When the system allows gaping holes for fraud, every American’s right to vote is infringed upon because illegal votes dilute legal ones.
The problem is, as the high court has clearly said, this dilemma can’t be solved in Phoenix or Atlanta or any other state capital. It has to be fixed in Washington.
Good luck with that.
Democrats have long made a political calculation that illegal immigration is good for their electoral fortunes. Not only will Democrats not clean up the system, they’ve fought tooth and nail against efforts to do so.
The result may end up being an electoral system that has all the credibility of a Third World nation.
And if the growth in public benefits continues its upward trajectory, we’ll have the economy to match it!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with, and everything is right with, the simple request of proof of citizenship at registration time.
It’s just that, when it comes
to federal elections, Congress and the White House need
to support that kind of safeguard.
They may never.
The only hope of it may be attaching such a requirement to the immigration bill now before the Senate. There’s little hope of that, though, since the Senate is controlled by Democrats.
The Republican-controlled House should never agree to an immigration overhaul that doesn’t require two things: a secure border first, and a secure electoral system.
Without those two things, we’ve all been sold out.