House Members Call On DOJ To Safeguard Elections From Foreign Influence
By Jennifer G. Hickey | October 12, 2018
This week 23 Republican members of the House of Representatives called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to devote more resources and manpower to ensure foreign nationals are not voting in the upcoming election. On Tuesday, the lawmakers sent a letter specifically asking Sessions to “thoroughly investigate all instances of forge in nationals, visa holders, refugees, and other noncitizen that are either included in voter databases or have been found to cast ballots in any election and prosecute those violations fully.”
“My colleagues and I strongly urge Attorney General Sessions to devote the necessary resources to investigate and prosecute voting fraud by foreigners. After all, we are the United States, not the United Nations,” Brooks said in a press release.
In September, the House voted 279-72 to approve H.Res. 1071, which recognizes “that allowing illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues the franchise and diminishes the voting power of United States citizens.”
Among those signing the letter were: Alabama Reps. Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne and Robert Aderholt, Pennsylvania’s Rep. Lou Barletta and retiring Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas.
The members note a recently-released from the Public Interest Legal Foundation that found in the 13 sanctuary jurisdictions they examined, as many as 3,120 foreigners were registered to vote and/or removed between 2006 and 2018.