President-elect Donald Trump has received an enormous amount of backlash over a recent tweet in which he stated that he would have won the popular vote on November 8th were it not for illegal voters.
Many critics went so far as to call his statement an outright lie and dangerously negligent, based on the theory that there is no evidence to back up his claims.
Bill O’Reilly’s guest on The O’Reilly Factor November 30th seems to agree with Trump.
Retired U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special-Agent-In-Charge Claude Arnold had the following to say on the subject:
“I worked in six locations across the United States. I probably arrested more than 1,000 illegal aliens in my career and I routinely encountered people who were in possession of voter registration cards. And as a part of my interview of them when they were arrested, I would ask them, “Do you or have you voted?’ and often, I would get the answer ‘yes,'” he explained.
One major area of concern is the state of California, which permits undocumented inhabitants to apply for and obtain driver’s licenses. The same process gives legal residents of California the opportunity to register to vote at the same time. Many are now asking if there are safeguards and oversight in place to prevent undocumented individuals from registering to vote the same way.
According to Special Agent Arnold, the primary motivation of most illegal immigrants is to find work in the States. This is why they come, he said.
Arnold explained that where there are larger numbers illegal residents, you will find counterfeit card suppliers, selling same-day access to what is called a “Three Pack.” The packs sell for anywhere from $125.00 to $300.00 and are available the same day. What typically is included the purchase is a resident alien or work authorization card, a driver’s license, and a social security card. However, some states require only a driver’s license number when registering to vote in person. The illegal registrations are not necessarily picked up.
According to Arnold’s estimates based on over 1,000 arrests, approximately one in ten, or 10%, of illegals admit to having voted.
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016
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