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We’re Not Out of the Woods Yet: Why Disbanding the #ShamCommission Isn’t the End of the Fight

Friday, January 5, 2018

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President Trump has disbanded his sham voter fraud commission, citing lawsuits like the one LDF filed along with MALDEF and LatinoJustice/PRLDEF as an overwhelming reason. This is certainly a victory, but it’s important to know that we are not out of the woods yet.

In our complaint, we expressly alleged that the Commission had plans to collaborate with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would target Latino and African American voters. Now we know it’s true. In announcing the disbanding of the Commission, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the Administration’s intentions: “…President Donald J. Trump signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission, and he has asked the Department of Homeland Security to review its initial findings and determine next courses of action.”

The New York Times reports further, “Mr. Kobach, who said he would remain as an informal adviser to homeland security, said the department would marshal its files on immigrants, legal and otherwise, so that they can be matched with lists of registered voters nationwide to detect foreign citizens who are illegally casting ballots in American elections.”

By moving his search for voter fraud to the DHS, Trump is doing precisely what we alleged in our complaint suing the Commission. That’s why we filed a FOIA request demanding information from DHS about its communications with the Commission.

Here’s why this matters. Read the full post here