9/26/2004

Eight of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists were registered to vote

Twenty-six current and former state workers and eight others were indicted this week on charges that they illegally sold driver's licenses to, among others, federal agents posing as undocumented immigrants. Pullen and former Attorney General Grant Woods debated the initiative at a breakfast for Valley Partnership, a non-profit business-development organization.



"If anybody does not believe today that we have problems with fraud in this state with regards to issues like this, and with voting and welfare, let me tell you, 'God didn't make little green apples, and it don't rain in Indianapolis in the summertime,' because it is a fact."



Proposition 200 would make criminals of state and local government employees who fail to check the immigration status of anyone applying for non-federally mandated state services. It also would require proof of citizenship to register to vote and an ID when voting in person. Even supporters agree that the measure does nothing to stop illegal immigration and laws against providing welfare and other services to undocumented immigrants are already on the books.



Pullen said, "the real business community," meaning small-business owners, supports the measure, evidenced by recent polls which indicate that eight Republicans to one support the measure as do three Democrats to one. Pullen also noted that eight of the 19 Sept. 11 terrorists were in the country illegally but registered to vote. "If you don't think we have a problem with illegal voting in this state or others, then you just don't understand the problem," Pullen said.

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