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Crenshaw Fights to Protect Integrity of American Voters, Offers The Motion To Recommit H.R. 1

Washington, March 8, 2019

Crenshaw Fights to Protect Integrity of American Voters, Offers The Motion To Recommit H.R. 1

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-02) introduced the Motion to Recommit to H.R. 1, the ‘Upholding Suffrage in America Act,’ which recognizes that granting illegal immigrants the right to vote devalues, dilutes, and diminishes the right of United States citizens to vote. This amendment to affirm a basic principle of our democracy was made necessary by the many provisions in the ‘Democrat Politician Protection Act’ that would weaken the integrity of our elections.

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The full transcript of Crenshaw’s speech is below.

Madam Speaker: 

This is the final amendment to the bill. It will not kill the bill. If adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage as amended.

Much has been made of our election security as of late. Some of it for good reason. In the end, these concerns – the concerns that many Americans rightfully share - are built around the fundamental notion that our vote should count. Our vote should mean something and we should know that when we cast it, it is sacred and unchanging.

Our vote is a signal of what direction we want our country to move toward, and that vote is an element of trust we place in the man or woman elected to take it in that direction.  We vote because this country is governed by the people, by the citizens of this country. And we in this body humbly serve at their pleasure.

The quickest way to erode a Democracy, erode faith in our institutions, is to erode that trust, erode the notion that your vote truly counts.

The truth is that this is already happening. In places like San Francisco, Democrats have fought hard to ensure that US citizens must share their civic duty, their vote, with illegal immigrants. The City of San Francisco has effectively cancelled out the votes of its citizens and replaced it with illegals.

When I say it out loud it sounds like I am making it up. Because what kind of government would cancel out the votes of its own citizens and replace them with non-citizens, but not just any non-citizen, ones who entered our country illegally.

It is with this in mind – this sacred duty to protect our citizens, protect their vote, protect their VOICE – that I propose this Motion to Recommit.

This MTR would show the American people that despite the deep and growing differences between us, we can at least agree that the people who vote for us are citizens of this country.

This is a simple affirmation. It is an affirmation of the fact that the elected representatives of this body answer to the citizens of this country who voted for us. And we will not stand by and let their voices be muted, we will not let their trust be eroded, we will not let our Democracy be questioned.

Last year Congress voted on this very idea. 49 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote with us.

It should not be a partisan idea that people who do not legally live in our country, cannot legally vote in our elections. If you are not legally here, if you entered our country against the laws and wishes of our citizens, then you should not vote for representation in our government, diluting the voices of Americans.

I am proposing this MTR not because it feels good, not because we are trying to attack anyone, but because it is clear to all of us that voter integrity needs to be defended. It has become clear because San Francisco is not the only municipality that has fallen into this radicalism. Other cities have done or attempted to do the same.

The men and women in this body are here because we were duly elected as such. Our citizens expect much of us. They expect us to protect their most fundamental rights – the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – and they expect us to respect their voice, and often the only way they have to express that voice is through their vote.

If we no longer agree to protect that voice, as we did last Congress, if we don’t – in this moment – agree that their voice should not be cancelled out but protected – then I worry a great deal about our democracy. I worry that radicalism has made its way into this sacred body, as it already has in so many other places across our great country.

I urge my colleagues to vote for this MTR. Vote to protect the voices of your constituents. Vote to preserve the notion that our nation’s government is elected by – and only by – the citizens of this country. Anything less is a disservice to the very people who put us here. 

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