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Voter registration error risks deportation for immigrants

CHICAGO (AP) — A mistake in Illinois' automatic voter registration system could mean deportation, criminal charges or both for a handful of immigrants who cast ballots.

Hundreds of people who acknowledged that they weren't U.S. citizens were mistakenly registered. Sixteen of them voted.

The fiasco has triggered a partisan battle, infuriated voter advocacy groups and forced immigrant rights activists to do damage control.

Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick is a Peruvian citizen who was deported in 2017 after she mistakenly cast a ballot.

She hasn't seen her three American citizen daughters in years.

Associated Press

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