El Universal, Mexico’s paper of record, combined the Arizona story with one about in-state- tuition-for-illegals in New Jersey. It began:
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday against an Arizona law that requires persons to present proof of citizenship to register for the voter rolls, the same day that legislators in New Jersey approved a proposed law to permit immigrants that are in the country without authorization [AW: i.e. illegal aliens] to have access to lower rates in state universities. [AW: i.e. to discriminate in favor of illegals and against Americans from other states].
Nuevo golpe a leyes antimigra en Arizona El Universal, June 18, 2013
Note, though, that in the comments section, a reader remarked: “In Mexico they are stricter and nobody says anything.”
Which is simply the truth. Mexico’s voter registration system is much better, and much stricter, as I have observed firsthand and described several times:
Photo ID For Voters—How Come It’s OK For Mexico? 2011
Voter registration—Texas vs. Mexico 2005
Why Is Mexico’s Voter Registration System Better Than Ours? 2003
In Mexico, every registered Mexican voter has a Voter ID card, supplied by the government, complete with photograph, fingerprint, and a holographic image to prevent counterfeiting. [Mexico’s national voter IDs part of culture, By David Agren, USA Today, January 25, 2012]
At the Mexican polling station, the card is used in conjunction with a book containing the photograph of every voter in the precinct. This book is available to the poll workers and observers from various parties. If there’s a doubt as to someone’s identity, the poll workers can simply look up the person’s name and see if the photo matches up.
When he votes, the Mexican voter’s thumb is smudged with ink. That way, if he shows up at another polling site to vote, they know he’s already voted elsewhere. (The ink wears off after a few days.)
Notice, that the Mexican government supplies the card. Apologists for slipshod voter registration claim that it’s too hard for many minorities to use photo ID. Given today’s inexpensive photo technology, I really doubt that. But, in Mexico the government provides the card anyway, at government expense.
In order to register for the voter card, a prospective Mexican voter must prove his citizenship.
And Mexico doesn’t just take his word for it. Documented proof must be provided.
According to the website of the Mexican IFE (Instituto Federal Electoral), the applicant must either produce
(1) A “certified copy of a birth certificate”, or
(2) A “document that authorizes the Mexican nationality by naturalization.”
Isn’t that great? Why can’t we do that? What’s so difficult about it?
If Mexico can do it, why can’t we?
And where is our Congress on this matter? Couldn’t the U.S. Congress scrap Motor Voter and replace it with a better voter registration law?
Can’t Congress assert its constitutional authority and rein in the out-of-control Executive Branch, and the out-of-control Supreme Court?
Where is the leadership in Congress—and, specifically, in the Republican Party?
Arizona has to simply tell the Supreme court to piss off. What does that mean? I don’t know but it’s time.