Despite the lack of evidence of widespread voter fraud by immigrants, several states recently have implemented policies to remove ineligible voters from registration rolls and to prevent them from voting on election day. Many advocates consider these restrictive policies to be efforts to suppress minority voting. Recently, the USCIS granted the state of Florida access the federal electronic Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements program (the “SAVE” program) to verify its voter registration rolls.
On July 6, the civil rights organizations challenging both Alabama’s “toughest-in-the-nation” immigration enforcement law (HB 56) and Georgia’s similar enforcement law (HB 87) had the opportunity to explain to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals how the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Arizona’s SB 1070 should apply to these cases.
California. On July 5, California’s state Senate passed the “TRUST Act” (AB 1081). This bill has been called the “Anti-Arizona Act” because instead of expanding the role of state and local police in the enforcement of immigration violations, it seeks to curtail it. It was designed as a state effort to push back against the federal/state partnership known as “Secure Communities,” which the U.S.
On July 17, the civil rights organizations challenging Arizona’s immigration enforcement law “SB 1070” – which include the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and the Mexican American Legal Defense Fund (MALDEF) – asked a federal district court in Arizona to block the law’s “show me your papers” provision (Section 2B) before it has a chance to go into effect. In June, the U.S.