by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Biden administration announced on Friday its plans to use U.S. taxpayer dollars to register newly naturalized citizens to vote, marking the latest attempt to use federal bureaucracies to interfere in American elections.
In its Friday memo, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, announced it had updated its Policy Manual to include provisions directing agency employees to “increase awareness and expand access to voter registration during naturalization ceremonies,” in which eligible immigrants officially become U.S. citizens. The guidelines specifically direct USCIS to provide newly ordained citizens “access to voter registration services” at these ceremonies and additional information “regarding points-of-contact for voting and voter registration.”
Also included in the policy update are directives for USCIS employees to request local or state election officials “attend ceremonies to distribute, collect, and review voter registration applications, and to officially register new citizens to vote.” In the absence of said officials at these ceremonies, the agency must “coordinate” with so-called “nonpartisan nongovernmental organizations” to provide these same services.
The new guidelines provide “that, to the extent feasible, USCIS offices invite governmental or nongovernmental organizations offering on-site voter registration services to introduce themselves and address the naturalization candidates before the ceremony.”
As noted in USCIS’s Friday press release, the updates to the agency’s Policy Manual are designed to “support” Executive Order 14019, a directive signed by President Joe Biden in March 2021 requiring hundreds of federal agencies to interfere in the electoral process by using taxpayer money to boost voter registration and get-out-the-vote activities. As The Federalist has previously reported, voter registration efforts are almost always a partisan venture and often involve left-wing groups that abuse their nonprofit status to target likely-Democrat voters.