Legal challenges mount against state's list of alleged non-citizens
Legal challenges are continuing to mount against state officials who said nearly 100,000 people on Texas’ voter rolls may not be citizens, a claim that met swift resistance from civil rights advocates.
Luis Vera, national general counsel for the League of United Latin American Citizens, said he will file a motion for a more expedited injunction Monday in the organization’s lawsuit against Secretary of State David Whitley and Attorney General Ken Paxton. Whitley’s office asked counties to send notices to those identified, asking them to prove their citizenship. The injunction would block further action based on the advisory.
LULAC’s lawsuit equated their actions to a “witch hunt” intended to intimidate voters — especially naturalized citizens. A judge will likely set a hearing sometime in the next week, Vera said.
“Individual voters may have specific stories, but the ways in which they are impacted are very similar and arise from the nature of the program, which is to target people who at some point were not citizens,” said Danielle Lang, a co-director of Campaign Legal Center’s voting rights program.