JUNE 17, 2013
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today issued a statement criticizing a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States in State of Arizona, et al. v Inter Tribal Council of Arizona et al. (No. 12-71). Judicial Watch had filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of former Arizona State Senator Russell Pearce, the driving force behind Prop 200, also known as the Arizona Taxpayer and Citizen Projection Act. Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton issued the following statement reacting to today’s ruling:
“The integrity of our nation’s elections suffered a blow today from the Supreme Court. This issue takes on increasing urgency with the prospect of 11 million illegal immigrants being given amnesty. It is essential that our elections be secured by ensuring that only citizens register to vote.”
Proposition 200, passed in 2004 with 56% of the vote. It provided that state election officials “shall reject any application for registration that is not accompanied by satisfactory evidence of United States citizenship.” Such evidence could have included a driver’s license, a photocopy of a birth certificate or passport, naturalization documents, or “other documents that are meant as proof that [may be] established pursuant to” federal immigration laws.