Trump Calls for Voter ID: 'Only American Citizens Should Vote in American Elections'

By Susan Jones | August 1, 2018 | 5:32am EDT
President Trump receives an enthusiastic reception in Tampa, Fla. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - President Donald Trump has made it clear that immigration will be a major campaign issue for him, in both the midterm elections and in his own re-election bid, and that was evident at the president's rally in Florida on Tuesday.

"Republicans want strong borders and no crime. Democrats want open borders, which equals massive crime," he said. "And on top of that, the Democrats...they've launched outrageous attacks on our incredible law enforcement officers and on ICE and our Border Patrol -- can you believe it? People that keep us safe."

Trump said Democrats, in their pursuit of open borders, also want to let illegal immigrants vote. "It's crazy," he said:

In some states, Democrats are even trying to give illegal immigrants the right to vote. They want to give them the right to vote. And what about all those people that are waiting in line for seven, eight, nine, ten years, trying to get into our country. They don't have the right to vote.

We believe that only American citizens should vote in American elections. Which is why the time has come for voter ID, like everything else. Voter ID.

You know, if you go out and you want to buy groceries, you need a picture on a card. You need ID. You go out and you want to buy anything, you need ID, and you need your picture. In this country, the only time you don't need it, in many cases, is when you want to vote for a president, when you want to vote for a senator, when you want to vote for a governor or a congressman.

It's crazy. It's crazy.

"But we're turning it around," Trump promised. He received a standing ovation when he called for voter ID.

Some U.S. cities and towns allow non-citizens to vote in local elections, but under federal law, non-citizens are not supposed to vote in other elections.

Liberal activists argue that requiring a photo ID to vote disenfranchises poor and minority populations. But Trump and many other Americans argue that NOT requiring a photo ID encourages voter fraud.

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