Mexican groups are up in arms that Texas has requested access to the Department of Homeland Security database, SAVE, Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, to fight illegal voting by aliens.
San Antonio Express News July 19, 2012 by Nolan Hicks
Two key Latino groups on Thursday slammed statewide Republican efforts to obtain a massive federal immigration database and check voter rolls for possible noncitizens.
The exchange is the latest volley in the fight over a new voter ID law and similar work by lawmakers nationwide that's deemed discriminatory against minorities.
Secretary of State Hope Andrade on Wednesday requested access to the federal database's more than 100 million immigration records.
Florida election officials last week received a similar list for their state, after a fight for the records.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott argues the law and cross-checking the database is needed to reduce voter fraud, while Democrats say it will do nothing more than make it harder for minorities and the elderly to vote.
However, by their over-excited response to removing aliens from the voter rolls, Mexican groups only prove that profiling works. Their complaints immediately identify those commiting voter fraud in Texas, Hispanic immigrants, legal and illegal. If no Hispanics were involved in voter fraud, what is the complaint? Texas will run names against a database and find nothing. But the appearance of even the possibility of any investigation into aliens registering and voting has sent Mexican groups into a rage, that only confirms the suspicions that Mexicans are engaged in widespread illegal voting by aliens.
Thanks for confirming that illegal voting is an issue solved by racial profiling. Texas can now dispense with running all names against SAVE and run only Spanish language names. They might want to start with Luis Vera and Trey Martinez Fischer. Just in case.
On a side note, the reporter refers to a Brennan Center claim regarding impersonation:
Meanwhile, a study of voter fraud claims conducted by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University in 2007 found that it is “more likely that an individual will be struck by lightning than that he will impersonate another voter at the polls.”
Oooppss. The rocket scientist reporter confused voter identification laws with illegal registration by aliens. Two different issues, Einstein.