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Kim Oakley

Kim Oakley is a writer who lives in Southern California with her firefighter husband and four kids. Ms. Oakley holds a Master's Degree in
Cross Cultural Education. She is currently working on a book about her autistic son.


Voting Rights, the Easy Way

Defense of Democracy Starts at Home
by Kim Oakley

In 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution became law and American women won full rights to vote. Later, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 granted full suffrage to African-Americans. By 1982, the Act was extended to cover Americans with disabilities. That's why I'm stunned when politicians pander to illegal aliens and hijack years of hard-fought American civil rights.

Case in point: In 2004, Senator John Kerry spoke at a La Raza conference and promised that millions of illegal aliens in the U.S. would be given a path to citizenship in his first 100 days in office. Of course, applying the logic behind granting amnesty to criminals, Americans guilty of analogous crimes should expect acquittals and pardons. During the 2005 National Council of La Raza convention, Senator Hillary Clinton pledged to help illegal immigrant children go to college. "We want to make it possible for the 65,000 undocumented young people who graduate from our high schools each year to receive in-state tuition rates and pursue their dreams," said Clinton. What about American students? Do Californians get out-of-state tuition breaks?

Flash forward to 2006. Speaking to thousands of illegal aliens at an immigration rally in New York, Clinton said: "Your faces are the faces of America." That's news to millions of Americans! Yet, one wonders: Why do politicians court illegal immigrants? Aren't only US citizens authorized to vote? Well, yes, but the voting system is as secure as the US borders and ports of entry.

According to a Washington Times report, Beyond requiring applicants to sign voter-registration forms affirming that they are U.S. citizens, there is no way to prevent the nation's estimated 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens from casting ballots. Worse, voter fraud is seldom detected "I've never heard of it", said Mikel Haas, San Diego County's registrar of voters.

Since January 2006, Californians must provide driver's license numbers, state identification or the last four digits of their social security numbers when they register to vote. But law enforcement officials say the thriving trade of creating fake automobile insurance cards, birth certificates, driver licenses and social security cards is widespread. Worse, 95% of fictitious names and numbers are traced to theft victims. Hence, efforts to maintain the integrity of voter rolls seem futile. Likewise, demands to soften immigration laws are illogical.

Ironically, as Republicans support post war efforts to bring democracy to Iraq, the core of American democracy is under attack right here at home.

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