A more fitting name for the Obama administration’s Justice Department is the U.S. Department of Injustice.
Just as it had done with a similar law in South Carolina, the Obama Injustice Department is blocking a new photo ID law for voters in Texas, on the grounds that the law would be “discriminatory by design” against Hispanic voters.
FoxNews.com reports, March 12, 2012, that Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez, head of the civil rights division of Obama’s Injustice Dept., wrote a a 6-page letter to Texas’ director of elections saying that Texas has not “sustained its burden” under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act to show that the new law will not have a discriminatory effect on minority voters. About 11% of Hispanic voters in Texas reportedly lack state-issued identification.
Perez wrote that the number of people lacking any personal ID or driver’s license issued by the state ranges from from 603,892 to 795,955, but of that span, 29-38% of them are Hispanic. “According to the state’s own data, a Hispanic registered voter is at least 46.5%, and potentially 120%, more likely than a non-Hispanic registered voter to lack this identification.”
Perez also opined that while Texas’ lawmakers offered to make election identification certificates available to protect low-income voters who don’t already have any ID, the documents are not free, and it creates the additional burden of traveling to a driver’s license office, undergoing an application process that includes fingerprinting and finding supporting documentation to prove one’s identity. Obama’s Injustice Department argued that the Texas law creates an undue hardship on Hispanic populations that don’t have the means to get a vehicle, live extremely far from a driver’s license office or can’t make it during the offices’ limited operating hours.
Texas is the second state to have its voter ID law challenged.
Obama’s Injustice Department already blocked a similar law from taking effect in South Carolina — the first time a voter ID law was rejected by the department in nearly 20 years. South Carolina sued Eric Holder in response, arguing that enforcement of its new law will not disenfranchise any voters.
Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said the Texas law was based on an Indiana law that was upheld by the Supreme Court:
“Voter ID laws help ensure the integrity of our elections and protect the rights of lawful voters. If citizens are required to show ID in order to open a bank account, cash a check, drive a car or board a plane, how much more important is it to show ID in order to exercise one of our most valuable democratic rights? This is an abuse of executive authority and an affront to the citizens of Texas. It’s time for the Obama administration to learn not to mess with Texas.”
Notwithstanding his contorted reasoning, Perez has not explained why a voter photo ID law would be “discriminatory” specifically against Hispanics.
The Obama administration effectively is saying that, among the many races and ethnic groups in America, only Hispanics would have a problem producing photo ID proof of their U.S. citizenship and voting eligibility. (Dang, there’s that “eligibility” word again!)
Isn’t that another way of admitting that some or many Hispanic “voters” are not U.S. citizens but illegal aliens who should not be voting?
H/t beloved Grouchy
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