Preparing Immigrants to vote

vote_here_signThe Blaze website reported April 20 on the federal government funding nonprofit organizations to provide courses to immigrants that would help prepare them to apply for citizenship and become eligible to vote.

The funding for this program in this election year is $10 million, but the citizenship services (USCIS) branch of Homeland Security (DHS) that is providing the funds claims that it is not tax dollars being spent on the program.

The article reports that DHS claims that funding for the program does not come from appropriations approved by Congress, but rather from fees collected from other applicants for immigration services. This argument has been used before by USCIS to thwart congressional efforts to cut off DHS programs that were considered inappropriate. It is true that USCIS operates under a congressional mandate to set a fee-for-service system that relieves the U.S. taxpayer from having to support services for non-citizens, but that does not exempt them from congressional oversight.

So, even though this program is aimed at swelling the voting ranks of newly minted U.S. citizens who historically have tended towards support for big government and vote for Democrat, USCIS is telling the Republicans who control both houses of Congress that there is nothing they can do about it.

Those who should be especially mad at USCIS for funding this program are immigrants seeking services from USCIS. Why? Because USCIS obviously is setting the fees they charge for their services too high in order to generate a slush fund that they can use for producing more new voters.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


  1. avatar

    How is legal under our constitution ? Will this election be voided by not following the constitution.

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    Pinche Johnny on

    So……you prefer immigrants who remain immigrants over immigrants who become Americans? So you prefer immigrants over Americans ?? But I thought you was anti immigrant? I’m confused, mostly because you don’t make no damn sense.

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    Raul Allegre on

    The bottom line is until the Republicans are willing to exercise the one power they have – the power of the purse – the liberal agenda is going to continue to be implemented. All they’ve done during Obama’s term is complain. They haven’t blocked much of anything. It’s because they’re weak and unprincipled, but also because they’re terrified of being accused of shutting down the government. But if you’re not willing to pull funding, explain to the American people why you’re doing it, and all get on the same page, then you’re not doing anything. We have no statesmen or leaders in congress. It’s mostly full of weak people who are mainly concerned with enriching themselves and getting re-elected.

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    The number one reason Obama and the Democrats are for open borders, even though it drives down wages, destroys our environment and increases climate change emissions.