February 2, 2019

ALWAYS FUN WHEN THE rIGHT PRETENDS IT SUPPORTS LEGAL IMMIGRANTS:

Naturalized citizens suing over Texas voter citizenship review, calling it conspiracy to single out foreign-born Texans (ALEXA URA, FEB. 2, 2019, Texas Tribune)

A group of Latino voters is suing top state officials who they allege unlawfully conspired to violate their constitutional rights by singling them out for investigation and removal from the voter rolls because they are foreign-born.

Filed in a Corpus Christi-based federal court on Friday night, the suit alleges that the decision by state officials to advise counties to review the citizenship status of tens of thousands of registered voters it flagged using flawed data runs contrary to the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and the federal Voting Rights Act because it imposes additional requirements to register to vote on naturalized citizens.

Joined in the suit by several organizations that advocate for Latinos in Texas, the seven voters suing the state all obtained their driver's license before becoming naturalized citizens and subsequently registered to vote.

Their lawsuit -- which names Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas secretary of state David Whitley, attorney general Ken Paxton and one local official as defendants -- asks the court to halt the state's review and block officials from taking any action against them based on their national origin. It also asks Whitley to refrain from targeting new citizens for voter purges and to withdraw his current list "unless and until it acquires information that the voters are currently ineligible to vote."

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