Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi's office won't rule out suing the Department of Homeland Security for refusing to share its citizenship database with Florida's elections division in its hunt for noncitizen voters.
"It's disappointing that the Obama Administration has been unwilling to help the Department of State ensure that we have accurate voter rolls," Bondi's office told The Miami Herald in response to an inquiry. "We still hope that the Department of State will be able to obtain the Obama Administration's cooperation without resorting to litigation, but we're monitoring the situation and believe Florida needs to keep all of its options open."
Bondi, a Republican, has already been a lead in suing the Obama Administration over ObamaCare. The noncitizen voter purge is highly popular with Republicans (and perhaps independents and many Democrats as well). So it wouldn't be a surprise if she took the feds to court over this.
Federal law (8 USC; 1373 to be exact), says the "Immigration and Naturalization Service shall respond to an inquiry by a Federal, State, or local government agency, seeking to verify or ascertain the citizenship or immigration status of any individual within the jurisdiction of the agency for any purpose authorized by law, by providing the requested verification or status information."
Is DHS breaking the law? It won't say. It won't comment. Perhaps there's an out: INS technically no longer exists.
Former Justice lawyer and GOP appointee Hans von Spakovsky said the state should sue. More here on that