Saturday, July 27, 2013

Letter to Speaker Boehner

I just posted the following on Speaker Boehner's website, though he probably won't ever read it or do anything about it, but if you agree, please feel free to copy this and send it along to him or your representatives in Congress as well.


Mr. Speaker,

An unintended consequence of any Amnesty that might get passed, is the ability for individuals to claim citizenship, return to their own country, renounce the US Citizenship and still have their children able to vote in Federal Elections.

I am basing this claim on 18 U.S.C. § 611 subsection (c) that allows for aliens who reside in the United States from before the time they were 16 years old to vote in Federal Elections if, as stated in section (1) of subsection (c), that their parents are or WERE citizens of the United States.  There is no provision that says that they had to be citizens at the time of the birth of the child, only that they have been United States citizens.  This is a poorly written section that provides a major loophole allowing non-citizens to vote in Federal Elections and needs to be closed.

This section is also reiterated in 18 U.S.C. § 1015 exempting these same individuals from any form of civil or criminal penalties for being a non-citizen voting in a Federal Election.

Please consider bringing a bill to amend this section of the law, or a Constitutional Amendment to restrict voting to only those individuals who are citizens by birth or naturalization.

Thank you.

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