Obomination: Administration Plays Games in Florida

Published Fri, Jun 15 2012 8:31 AM

The Obama administration has played multiple games with Florida in an effort to block the state’s efforts to remove noncitizens from voter rolls, a process fully authorized by state and federal law.  Executive branch agencies are flouting the law instead of fairly upholding it.

Since September of 2011, the Obama’s Department of Homeland Security was playing tag with Florida, making the state chase federal representatives for access to the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database.  After months of this charade, Obama’s Justice Department pounced in, cried, “Checkmate!” and claimed that federal law dictates Florida cannot remove noncitizens from its voter rolls during the 90-day window before a primary election.  Frustrated with the Obama administration’s games, Florida sued the Department of Homeland Security on Monday.  The Obama administration fired back with a lawsuit from the Department of Justice on Tuesday, hoping to derail efforts further by tangling the state in court proceedings.

But the concerns Florida has are serious.  Eligible voters’ ballots have been diluted by illegal voters and will continue to be unless the rolls are updated.  Although hardly reported by the mainstream media, there are noncitizens on the voter rolls.  96 noncitizens were already removed from the Florida voter rolls because they were illegally registered to vote.  An NBC-2 Florida news station investigation interviewed noncitizens who admitted they have been voting illegally.

The state of Florida has received support from federal lawmakers who are outraged by the behavior of the Obama administration.   Florida Congressmen Jeff Miller, Gus Bilirakis and Tom Rooney all sent letters in support of Florida’s efforts to federal officials.  Senator Marco Rubio said, "I think there's the goal of ensuring that everyone who votes in Florida is qualified to vote. If you're not a citizen of the United States, you shouldn't be voting. That's the law." 

If only the Obama administration would stop playing games and apply the law.



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