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Bridget Johnson


September 20, 2012 - 12:58 pm

Louisiana’s Republican senator today introduced a bill that would make voting by illegal immigrants and non-citizens a deportable offense.

The Protect Voter Integrity Act would making voting by this non-eligible population an aggravated felony under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), which subjects the violator to expedited removal.

“While this may sound bizarre to a lot of folks in Washington, illegal aliens and noncitizens have no constitutional right to vote in American elections. And they certainly shouldn’t influence the outcomes. Louisianians and the rest of America understand this as common sense,” said Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), who is chairman of the U.S. Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus.

“My bill injects some of that common sense and puts teeth into voter laws so we can uphold the integrity of American elections. Of course we want immigrants to become voters once they become citizens, but our election system and our right to vote are being taken advantage of because of weak enforcement.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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