Obomination: Administration Plays Games in Florida
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
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.