WFSU News Team
Tue June 19, 2012
Florida agrees to terms by Homeland Security for access to immigration database
The State of Florida is following its recent lawsuit against the US Department of Homeland Security; with a letter of compliance. State officials say they’re doing everything they can to get access to the department’s immigration database, so it can more accurately purge non-citizens off the state’s voter rolls.
Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner says he’s sending the letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, to let her know, again, that the state is willing to provide specifics about voters, like their alien registration numbers.
“Even though we agreed to them months ago, I’m reminding her that we are prepared to agree to that and let’s get busy with the idea of validating our voter rolls with their database.”
Detzner want’s access to the agency’s SAVE database, which Federal officials have repeatedly said isn’t setup to be compared against voter records. The US Department of Justice is suing the state to stop its purge, arguing it violates federal laws, while state officials say they have an obligation to clean up its registration rolls.