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Speaker Johnson: SAVE Act is “One of the Most Important Votes Members of this Chamber Will Ever Take”

Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024
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WASHINGTON — Utilizing his “magic minute,” Speaker Johnson argued today on the House floor for swift passage of the Safeguard American Voter Eligibility (SAVE) Act, legislation introduced by Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) that would increase protections against noncitizens and illegal aliens voting in U.S. elections.

“This will be one of the most important votes that members of this chamber will ever take in their entire careers. And it’s an issue we never thought we would have to actually address, but that moment has come to us now,” Speaker Johnson said. “Should Americans and Americans alone determine the outcome of American elections? Or should we allow foreigners and illegal aliens to decide who sits in the White House and in the People’s House and in the Senate?”

Click here to watch Speaker Johnson’s remarks from the House floor

Below are excerpts from Speaker Johnson’s remarks.

On the risks posed by noncitizen voting and illegal immigration:

Americans all over the country understand what’s at stake here. They refuse to hand over our country to illegal aliens, cartels, traffickers, violent criminals, and murderers. That’s what’s at stake. Now, look, I hate to say it, but we have so many noncitizens in the country right now. That if only one out of 100 of those illegal aliens voted, you’re talking about hundreds of 1000s of votes being cast.

And remember, these aren’t huddled masses of frightened families yearning to be free. In January of this year, we took the largest delegation of members of Congress to the border. In January, we went to Eagle Pass, Texas, it was the epicenter of the open border crisis at the time, and we met with the Border Patrol agents and high of high officers in US Customs and Border Patrol and they told us the truth.

They said down there at Eagle Pass of all the many, many countless people who have come across that border illegally because Joe Biden and Secretary Mayorkas opened the border wide, they said you should know this members of Congress, they said 70%, 70% of the people who crossed illegally in Eagle Pass in the Del Rio sector are single adult males between the ages of 18 and 49. These are not huddled masses of people seeking refuge from persecution, you know seeking asylum here for just causes. These are people who do not have our best designs in mind.

Because of Joe Biden’s open border policies, we’ve got ISIS smuggling rings operating in our country. We have cartels. We have operational control of the border. We’ve got Chinese and Russian spies here in our midst roaming freely in our country. We’ve got murderers and rapists offending again and again across the country and they are never deported. These are people that Joe Biden and his administration are releasing into the country every day. The director of the FBI has testified multiple times now before this before Congress before our committees and said all the red lights are flashing. What is he referring to? The unprecedented dangerous situation. The enemy is here the enemy is in our country now…

We’re facing a dangerously high number of dangerous individuals who could actually change the outcome of our elections and thus determine the future of this great Republic.

On addressing counter-arguments:  

Now, some of our colleagues are arguing, some of the outside interest groups who want those open borders, the open borders crowd, they’re pointing out that it’s already illegal to vote and you don’t really need to do this. That’s true. It is illegal to vote under federal law.  Only US citizens are supposed to vote in a US election. But here’s the problem. The law is not being followed.

Even though it’s already illegal, this is happening. Let me give a couple examples: in Georgia State election officials are catching 1000s of noncitizens who are trying to register to vote but they are one of only a few states that are making that effort right now to check the voter rolls on the front end before the disaster occurs.

In May, the state of Ohio, they had to remove 137 noncitizen voters from the rolls when they did a quick check. In May of last year, Virginia removed almost 1500 noncitizens from their voter rolls. But here’s the catch, only after more than 800 of those noncitizen ballots had been cast in 2019. They already participated in an election illegally.

It shouldn’t surprise us that criminals who break our border laws my friends are also going to break our election laws. These are not paragons of virtue in all these cases, as the 70% of people who came across the border who are military-aged males coming into our country without any deterrence at all. They’re not law-abiding citizens my friends, they’re illegal aliens and they should not be participating in the election. Remember, if just a small percentage, a fraction of a fraction of all those illegals that Joe Biden is brought in here vote, if they do vote, it wouldn’t just change one race and it might it might potentially change all of our races.

On the necessity of the SAVE Act:

The Save Act is the bill before us. It’s not complicated. It’s written in very plain language so that everyone can read it and understand it.

Everybody understands the SAVE Act. We’ll do several important things and all of them are obvious common-sense measures. Here’s the list: 1) It requires state election officials to ask about citizenship before providing voter registration forms. What a concept. 2) It requires an individual to provide proof of citizenship, if indeed he or she wants to register to vote in our federal elections. 3) Provide states with access to our federal agency databases. Why is that so important? Well, so they can remove noncitizens from voter rolls and confirm citizenship for individuals who lack that all-important proof of citizenship. 4) It directs the Department of Homeland Security to determine whether to conduct removal proceedings if an illegal alien or noncitizen has been identified as having been registered to vote in federal elections.

American citizens will be protected and in no way harmed by this bill. There is not a conceivable argument that the Democrats can make to oppose the commonsense measures that we’re putting before them today. Nothing changes the voter registration process in the states. The only people who will face hurdles here are those who are trying to break our federal laws.

And that’s why it’s patently absurd that the White House issued a veto threat. They issued a veto threat. President Biden is going to veto the bill. And Democrat leadership right now is engaging in a very robust whipping operation to stop this bill from being passed. It is absolutely outrageous. And the American people need to know what’s happening here. It’s dangerous. It’s dangerous for the future of our country. It’s dangerous for the future of your family if you’re watching at home.

Joseph Story was the great American legal scholar and Supreme Court Justice and the author of the seminal commentaries on the constitution that we used to have to read in law school. And he said it this way on this subject this is very important. Listen to what he said. He said, “If aliens might be admitted indiscriminately to enjoy all the rights of citizens at the will of a single state, the Union might itself be endangered by an influx of foreigners, hostile to its institutions, ignorant of its powers and incapable of due estimate of its privileges.”

He said that so well, I wholeheartedly agree. I know everyone on our side of the aisle does. If we’re going to maintain this great American experiment, this grand experiment in self governance that we’ve now kept for 248 years, if we’re going to keep it for more than we have to ensure that the outcomes of our election remain in the hands of Americans alone.

Reprinted with Permission from the Speaker of the House Mike Johnson

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Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
4 days ago

Praise for Speaker Johnson for this SAVE Act. This is the sort of common sense action needed regarding defending the United States of America from the despicable, criminal , illegal aliens that are enemies of freedom and enemies of civilization. Let respectable , law abiding citizens help to establish the kind of society that will promote qualities such as Honor, Honesty, Integrity, Courage and Loyalty for this Nation. Your work is appreciated Speaker Johnson, Thanks for your intelligence, good character, and respect for the spirit of the Declaration and the Bill of Rights being honored again. That is what will build a strong National Character. In the spirit of God bless America, land of the free and home of the brave.

hgk
hgk
3 days ago

Senate won’t vote.
Joe has promised Veto.

Jerry
Jerry
3 days ago

Mike you Have power of the purse rather put on next budget Bill pass or no deal

Jeanette
Jeanette
3 days ago

Why do they even have to vote on this? The Constitution already states that only American Citizens can. What a waste of time. Better they make a law that it cannot be changed by any party.

Darlene H Bowman
Darlene H Bowman
3 days ago

The Constitution says American Citizens, not anyone who is not a citizen. That a privilege that dyou receive when you become a citizen after classes in American laws. This is being used to destroy the USA

Pat R
Pat R
4 days ago

Yes it is already law; however, do we believe states have no knowledge of it?The wording of that law has either been ‘forgotten’ or outright ignored, which I believe is the situation. The fact the SAFE Act has Congressmen speaking against it says all that needs said.

You mad
You mad
4 days ago

I’ll be honest Mike.
a jar of mayonnaise could of done your job better or an illegal immigrant.

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