An undercover sting operation has caught election polling center officials admitting, on a secret video recording, to helping non-citizens vote in the midterms and encouraging voters to choose Democrat candidates because they’re “better.”
James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released the video on Tuesday that shows poll workers at a polling station in Travis County, Texas saying that they’ve had “tons” of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients voting in the election.
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DACA recipients are not able to vote in the state’s midterm elections because of their undocumented status.
An estimated 690,000 DACA recipients that were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents are protected from deportation and are allowed to work but are only granted temporary asylum making it illegal for them to vote in elections.
In the Texas election for U.S. Senate, failed Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke said he supports granting DACA recipients a pathway to U.S. citizenship, while U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz previously said he was in favor of President Donald Trump ending the Obama-era DACA policy.
“If he has his ID that’s all he needs. If he’s registered,” an election worker told the undercover journalist.
“Right. It doesn’t matter that he’s not a citizen?” the PV journalist replied, adding that she had heard on the internet that he could not vote.
“No, Don’t pay any attention to that. Bring him up here,” the official said.
Another woman, who appeared to be an election official, said that there was not an issue with DACA recipients voting, saying,
“we got a lot of ’em.
“ “You’ve got a lot of them?”
the journalist asked. “Mmhmm,” the woman replied.