Cruz’s legislation was prompted by a Supreme Court ruling, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., where it decided that the National Voter Registration Act pre-empted Arizona’s requirement that a person present proof of citizenship before they are allowed to register to vote.
Democrats argue that there isn’t proof illegal immigrants are trying to commit voter fraud.
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Cruz said he tried to add the bill’s language to the immigration reform legislation passed last month, but he was unable to get a vote on the amendment.