Holder To La Raza: Your Civil Rights Under 'Renewed Threat'; Will Address NAACP About Voter ID Laws

Holder To La Raza: Your Civil Rights Under 'Renewed Threat'; Will Address NAACP About Voter ID Laws

Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the left-wing Hispanic advocacy group, La Raza, last weekend and continued the Obama’s administration strategy of trying to convince and scare minorities into believing that Republicans would take away their civil rights.

Immigration and voter ID laws will be politicized by the administration to motivate Hispanics and Blacks to go to the polls to vote against Republicans, especially since enthusiasm for Obama, especially among Hispanics, has waned since Obama ran as the “hope and change” candidate in 2008. 

Holder spoke about immigration and President Barack Obama’s executive order halting the deportations of certain illegal immigrants–and vowed the Justice Department would be watching what happens in Arizona closely by monitoring how the provision of S.B. 1070 that withstood constitutional scrutiny and was upheld by the Supreme Court would be implemented. That provision allows police officers to ask for proof of legal status to those they reasonably suspect may be in the country illegally after that person has been apprehended for another crime.

Holder said his Justice Department has worked tirelessly to make “certain that the hard-won progress of the Civil Rights era is protected,” and that those rights, particularly those of Hispanics, “have come under renewed threat.”

Holder emphasized his Department’s efforts to “combat hate crimes” against Hispanics and told the group that “we’ll do everything in our power to stand vigilant against any and all measures that threaten to undermine the effectiveness and integrity of our elections systems – and to infringe on the single most important right of American citizenship: the right to vote.”

On Monday, in a case that could potentially end up before the Supreme Court, federal judges in Washington heard arguments from the Department of Justice and attorneys from Texas about Texas’s photo ID law. 

The Justice Department had said it would argue that the law was intended to discriminate against Blacks and Hispanics, and that is exactly what they argued 

According to Politico, DOJ trial attorney Elizabeth Westfall argued before a three-judge panel that the federal government would show Texas passed its photo ID law with racial motivation. 

“The facts will convincingly demonstrate the discriminatory purpose and effect of Senate Bill 14,” Westfall said in her opening argument, according to Politico.

According to the Legal Times, Adam Montara, a lawyer representing Texas, said that “this is a case about Texas’ proposed implementation of one of the most popular voting reforms of the last 20 years, a common-sense requirement that when you show up to polls to vote, you prove you are who you say you are with a photo ID” and that Texas would prove there was no discriminatory intent in passing the photo ID law. 

Holder will speak to the NAACP on Tuesday and is expected to speak about voter ID laws. Holder was supposed to have spoken to the NAACP on Monday, but a plane delay forced him to reschedule his appearance.