Cruz to add voter ID amendment to immigration bill
June 17th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
10 months ago

Cruz to add voter ID amendment to immigration bill

(CNN) – In a move that could affect the prospects for the immigration reform bill, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced Monday via Twitter that he plans to file an amendment to the legislation that would allow states to require proof of citizenship before registering to vote.

His announcement came in response to the Supreme Court's decision Monday to strike down an Arizona provision in its voter registration law that required identification confirming citizenship.

If the senator's amendment goes to the floor, it could throw a wrench in the already-complicated immigration reform bill. A bipartisan group of senators have been pushing the bill

The 7-2 majority said the state's voter-approved Proposition 200 interfered with federal law designed to make voter registration easier.

The state called it a "sensible precaution" to prevent voter fraud. Civil rights group countered it adds an unconstitutional and burdensome layer of paperwork for tens of thousands of citizens.

– CNN's Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Immigration • Ted Cruz
soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. SafeJourney

    ol' Ted "McCarthy" Cruz will do anything to stop the immigration bill. Even if the Supreme Court just ruled it illegal.

    June 17, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Dan in Chitown

    So the funniest part of this argument is that he wants a full on human registry, but when it comes to guns nobody should have to register them. It is a right of our citizens for the government not to track their gun ownership but not a right of a US citizen to literally not be tracked by their government??? Where are all of the individual liberty people now??

    June 17, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. it must be said

    Repeal or rewrite the Motor Voter Law to allow for ID requirements for the states. But make sure it clearly states this law supercedes the Motor Voter Law that the USSC decision was based on. See how these laws undermine the rights of citizens and states people?! They have adverse affects and consequences that the leftists exploit to further their radical agenda.

    June 17, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. just sayin

    SOUTHERN HOTTIE
    This idiot Cruz hasn't learned yet that the SCOUTUS shot this down when Arizona tried to do the same thing?
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    you obviously didn't read that the ussc rulling was based on a federal law, which this law would replace. please try to keep up.

    very good move cruz! this guy is good, very good. no wonder the lefties hate him and attack him so much!

    June 17, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Borderless

    I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why you can vote without an id but you can't: buy liquor, buy cigarrettes, open a bank account, buy a house, rent an apartment, get a loan, buy a plane ticket or board a plane... without an id. One GOOD reason.

    June 17, 2013 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  6. anonymous

    This would make perfect sense. If they pass this bill then there would be 10-20 million illegals now with just about all the rights of citizens, paperwork, licenses, etc. They could very easily be mistaken for citizens at the polling place. Every day will now have IDs now right so what is the big issue with liberals?

    June 17, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  7. MaryM

    The Supreme court just ruled it Illegal. Ted Cruz and the tea party people are the main reason Congress has its lowest approval rating ever!! Vote these tea party obstructionist out of Congress now!

    June 17, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  8. Suppress the ILLEGAL VOTER, support VOTER ID

    A very good amendment that must be included. Time to get serious when it comes to protecting the integrity of our elections. No more voter fraud. Elections are getting close and any small number of votes could throw elections.

    June 17, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  9. Liberal Sense (Or lack thereof)

    Democrats prefer non citizens voting here in America.

    June 17, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  10. Donkey Party

    Hear that sound? That's the sound of Cruz banging the final nail in the GOP's coffin. The GOP moderates (whichever are left) can thank this jackhole for hastening their old party's extinction.

    June 17, 2013 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Oh, I see, but it's Obama and the Dems who are being "divisive" and trying to kill immigration reform? This is a deliberate poison pill attempt, nothing more....all in the name of Cruz building his "street cred" with the radicalized right wing nut jobs. Keep it up guys...even Graham admitted that the GOP/Teatrolls are in a "demographic death spiral." Cruz's amendment attempt is like a turd reaching out of the bowl to hit the flush-lever.

    OUTREACH!

    June 17, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. don in albuquerque

    Welcome to to The Fascist States of Amerika, and its proud new world leader Mr. Cruz.

    June 17, 2013 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  13. The REAL TRUTH...

    Here we go again, our "esteemed" Senators from TX, preparing for a 2106 run for Perry?? First Cornyn wanting a 90% apprehension rate for approval of the bill – not possible since one cannot confirm 90% of an unknown number, duh!
    Now we have Teddy Cruz wanting the solution-looking-for-a-problem VoterID laws included.

    Perhaps Teddy Bare should look at the numbers in TX.. I did. They're easy to research.
    Only 5 convictions out of 52 cases in almost 25 yrs.... NONE were committed by illegals.. most cases were Republican (they've been in charge there for 30 yrs now) not Democrat.

    Seems typical Obstructionist Party approach.. sure, we'll work with you, get the legislation to passing point, then we'll throw out the curve balls.. when there never was any intention of working with the Dems on constructive Immigration Reform. More my-way-or-the-highway logic, and the GOP wonders why the Dem's don't trust them ???

    June 17, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Thomas

    Ted Cruse / Joe McCarthy

    The Way We Were 2016

    June 17, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    Proof positive that the ideological extremists in the Tea Party STILL don't get how the Supreme Court works. A federal law is no more constitutional is no more constitutional on an issue than a state's if the Supreme Court has ruled that laws requiring proof of citizenship to vote is unconstitutional. In fact, if passed, his amendment wouldn't even need to get to the Supreme Court for a decision...it could be tossed out by a district court anywhere in the US because the Supreme Court has already ruled on the issue. Man...you'd think that 8th grade civics classes would be a requirement to be in the US Senate.

    June 17, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. John in Brooklyn

    I guess Cruz is taking a page from that genius Rand Paul. Apparently they both believe that, just because the Supreme Court SAYS it's so it doesn't make it unconstitutional (Crus and voting rights) or constitutional (Paul and Obamacare). Guys....I need to remind you guys in the Tea Party brain trust....according to the constitution...yeah....the Supreme Court gets to actually rule on whether things are constitutional or not. Signed, your 8th grade government teachers.

    June 17, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  17. Jim Hahn

    The Republicans' goal is to reduce the number of people eligible to vote, not increase it. So much for the founding father's ideals.

    June 17, 2013 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. tony h

    just proves that many in GOP dont want immigration reform and will do ANYTHING to prevent it, including adding unconstitutional requirements. But shouldn't surprise anyone. The GOP tore up the Constitution in 2001.

    June 17, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  19. rob

    Ted Cruz- a young fellow but acting like he was an old man from 1960..how pathetic it is

    June 17, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Rls

    Do you think LEGAL AMERICANS care that it is an undue hardship to illegals that have to show identity?? NOT!!!

    June 17, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  21. Independent Thinker

    SafeJourney, the Supreme Court ruled that state governments do not have that right. The federal government definitely does have the right. Voting is not only a right, but a responsibility of a citizen. If there are non-citizens voting in our elections, it puts our entire form of government in jeopardy. Any country, even the United States has the right to know who is living within its borders. Actually, they have a duty to know who resides within their borders in order to protect their citizens. And the federal government has a duty to ensure the integrity of elections.

    June 17, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  22. Independent Thinker

    And, "it must be said" is right. State MVD's who hand out IDs to illegal immigrants effectively sanctioning the voting of illegal immigrants in our elections

    June 17, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Independent Thinker

    jkane, what is the problem with ensuring that only citizens are voting in our elections? In fact, the Constitution requires the federal government to do just that. If you have ever taken a civics course, you would know that. If there is another effective way to do this, let me know what it is.

    June 17, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Independent Thinker

    jkane, so Obama and the democrats have been honest with the citizens of this country? And, what is wrong with upholding the requirements for voting spelled out in the Constitution? Too many people out there have not had civics courses in high school.

    June 17, 2013 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  25. Jenny Smith

    courts determined the states have no right to ask for ID, BUT the federal government does. I have no problem with it as long as the government ensures those that can not pay for the ID gets them.

    June 17, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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