Motor Voter Checkbox Confuses Immigrants

(and an unintentional error can get them deported!)

Illegal voting case puts family's future in limbo

Sad story from the Chicago Reporter about a woman facing deportation because she registered to vote (not realizing it was illegal). The mistake came to light years later when she applied for citizenship.

"...Tapia-Ruano, the former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said many of these immigrants don’t break the law knowingly, and deporting them for a mistake is wrong. In the last five years, she has represented five immigrants in removal proceedings and advised many residents who mistakenly registered to vote. 'No one went there [to the DMV] intentionally to violate the law. Not one person. Every one of these cases is a mistake; extreme misinformation,' she said..."