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Republicans poised to vote on proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote

Republicans poised to vote on proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote


Republicans poised to vote on proof-of-citizenship requirement to vote

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday was poised to vote on a proof-of-citizenship requirement for voter registration, a proposal Republicans have prioritized over growing concern that Democrats want millions of illegals to cast ballots.

Republican House Speaker Mike Johnson, a key backer of the bill, said in a news conference earlier this week that the Democratic opposition means many Democrats “want illegals to participate in our federal elections; they want them to vote.”

During a speech Wednesday previewing the expected House debate, he called the vote a “generation-defining moment."

“If just a small percentage, a fraction of a fraction of all those illegals that Joe Biden has brought in here to vote, if they do vote, it wouldn't just change one race,” he said. “It might potentially change all of our races.”

On his Truth Social platform this week, Trump suggested that Democrats are pushing to give noncitizen migrants the right to vote and urged Republicans to pass the legislation — the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility Act — or “go home and cry yourself to sleep.”

Republicans are using Democratic opposition to the bill as fuel for arguments that Democrats have encouraged the surge of millions of illegals so they can get them to register and vote.