19 Foreign Nationals Charged With Voting Illegally in 2016, ICE Says


Nineteen foreign nationals in North Carolina have been indicted for voting illegally in the 2016 election, according to a statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued Monday.

ICE says the government also filed charges against a U.S. citizen for aiding and abetting a non-citizen in obtaining false identification to vote unlawfully.

Here’s a list of those being prosecuted for falsely claiming U.S. citizenship in order to vote (and where they’re from):

  • Jose Cruz Solano-Rodriguez, age 41, of Mexico;
  • Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena, age 63, of Mexico;
  • Sarah Emilia Silverio-Polanco, age 35, of the Dominican Republic;
  • Elizabeth Nene Amachaghi, age 44, of Nigeria;
  • Maria Rufina Castillo-Boswell, age 31, of Philippines;
  • Dora Maybe Damatta-Rodriguez, age 64, of Panama;
  • Elvis David Fullerton, age 54, of Grenada;
  • Olive Agatha Martin, age 71, of Guyana;
  • Kaoru Sauls, age 54, of Japan.

Separately, here are those who’ve been charged with voting illegally:

  • Jose Jaime Ramiro-Torres, age 52, of El Salvador;
  • Juan Francisco Landeros-Mireles, age 64, of Mexico;
  • Alessandro Cannizzaro, age 46, of Italy;
  • Dieudonne Soifils, age 71, of Haiti;
  • Hyo Suk George, age 69, of Korea;
  • Merius Jean, age 54, of Haiti;
  • Rosemarie Angelika Harris, age 60, of Germany; and
  • Daniel Tadeusz Romanowski, age 39, of Poland.

Criminal charges were also filed against Diana Patricia Franco-Rodriguez, a 26-year-old Mexican woman, for fraud, misuse of visas, and unlawfully voting.

Denslo Allen Paige, a 66-year-old U.S. citizen, has been charged with aiding and abetting 63-year-old Guadalupe Espinosa-Pena in falsely claiming U.S. citizenship to register to vote. 

A federal court overturned North Carolina’s voter identification law back in 2016, which would have required all voters show a valid photo I.D. in order to cast a ballot. The court ruled the law disproportionately targeted people of color. The following year, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the state’s challengeto the ruling.

At the time, the New York Times couched the proposed law as “one of the most far-reaching attempts by Republicans to counter what they contended, without evidence, was widespread voter fraud in North Carolina."

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