Florida Sues Department Of Homeland Security For Immigrant-Citizens Database To Help With Purge List

Source: Marc Caputo / Miami Herald

Gov. Rick Scott’s top elections official sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday, accusing the agency of unlawful “recalcitrance” for refusing Florida access to a database that could help the state spot and remove noncitizens from the voter rolls.

“We have a right to this database,” Scott said Monday on Fox News’ Your World Cavuto show. “It’s supposed to be used for voting registration. I look forward to them giving us the database but, again, we don’t have a choice but to sue them this afternoon.”

DHS has refused to comment or explain why it won’t give Florida access to the database.

Florida’s lawsuit is just the latest high-profile twist in its controversial effort to purge noncitizens from the voter rolls. About 87 noncitizens have been found on the voter rolls, at least 47 of whom may have unlawfully cast ballots.

On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union sued Florida in federal court to stop the purge, saying the effort violates the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The ACLU also noted the voter purge disproportionately targets minorities.

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