"Kiss of death": Advocates warn Democrats' voting bill could harm immigrants

Democrats who wrote the House-passed For the People Act want to require states to automatically register people to vote at times like when they apply for driver's licenses or state identification — unless they opt out. Some immigration lawyers are sounding an alarm, arguing that the measure could mistakenly register people who are legally in the country on work visas or green cards. That could subject them to grave consequences, like being deported or permanently banned from gaining citizenship. Noncitizens wouldn't have to intend to register, and they could be punished even if they never tried to vote. They could check the wrong box on a form or misunderstand a DMV clerk's question about their legal status and face serious consequences.