Ted Cruz adding voter ID to immigration bill to reverse Supreme Court ruling

By David Edwards
Monday, June 17, 2013 16:12 EDT
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to a Monday Supreme Court ruling striking down an Arizona law requiring voters to provide proof of citizenship by declaring that he would add a voter ID requirement to the comprehensive immigration reform bill currently being debated in the Senate.

Writing for the court’s majority, conservative Justice Antonin Scalia explained that the Arizona law was pre-empted by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

“Today #SCOTUS ruled federal ‘Motor Voter’ law preempts AZ proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration,” Cruz pointed out in a tweet on Monday afternoon.

“I’ll file amendment to immigration bill that permits states to require ID before registering voters & close this hole in fed statutory law,” the Texas Republican added.

Cruz has also filed amendments to bar undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States from ever becoming citizens and to ensure green card recipients are not eligible for public assistance even after a five-year waiting period outlined in the current bill.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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