A pro-immigration enforcement activist is praising President Donald Trump’s plan to investigate voter fraud.
Alleging that three million illegal votes went to Hillary Clinton, Trump signed an executive order creating a commission to investigate voter fraud and elections.
The newly formed commission will be led by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who worked on the Trump transition team and is a vocal advocate of stronger immigration laws.
William Gheen of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC, or ALIPAC, says if illegal non-citizen voters are removed from the voter rolls in key states, it could change the entire character of nationwide elections for president.
“And may even change the balance of power in many states where Democrats have taken control using fraudulent votes,” he says.
“And California may be too far gone,” Gheen adds, “but we know that the Democrats originally took control of California through hyper legal immigration, illegal immigration and voter fraud.”
Trump’s claims of millions of illegal votes comes close to a study of illegal voting in the U.S. but it’s also been criticized for exaggerating those claims.
voter fraudA fact-finding story by Snopes challenged Trump’s claims but acknowledged that a 2014 study by Old Dominion University concluded that non-citizens cast ballots illegally in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
Kobach, meanwhile, downplayed Trump’s concerns about illegal votes in an interview, The Washington Examiner reported.
The goal of the commission is to conduct a “fact finding effort” to assess voter fraud across the country, not to prove Trump right, Kobach said.
The New York Times reported in a February story that a Texas woman has been sentenced to eight years in prison for illegally voting in 2012 and 2014. Before describing the crime, the story disputed any “credible reports” of voter fraud and pointed out that illegal alien Rosa Maria Ortega is a “mother of four” who claimed she didn’t know that voting was illegal.
While praising the creation of this panel, Gheen says he’s concerned about its ultimate makeup.
“We want this commission on voter fraud to involve a lot of citizens,” he says. “We don’t want it to be stacked with a bunch of state and federal political insiders.”
If the deck is stacked with “political insiders,” he says, the “elites” will influence the process and no real action will take place.