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Will Sam Feist correct CNN's lie about Arizona's immigration law? Ask CNN's political director.

CNN pawns itself off as a source for real journalism when countless counter-examples show the opposite to be true. The latest example is a subtle but serious lie about the recently-signed Arizona immigration law. The page "What does Arizona's immigration law do?" (cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/04/23/immigration.faq) says:

Arizona's law orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally.

The last sentence is a lie: police aren't just going to be running around questioning or arresting people on suspicion of being illegal aliens. They are allowed to question those who have been stopped for something else or if they have "probable cause to believe that the person has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States." And it can be guaranteed that a whole host of well-funded far-left organizations are going to be watching local police departments like hawks to make sure that they aren't engaging in unlawful arrests.

Note also that carrying ones green card is already federal law [1]. While CNN isn't lying about that provision of the Arizona law, they also aren't telling their readers the whole truth.

Please take a few seconds and send a Tweet to @SamFeistCNN and also to @JonKleinCNN and ask them when they'll be correcting their misleading FAQ.

[1] From the USCIS (link):

The Permanent Resident Card provides evidence that USCIS granted the bearer lawful permanent residence in the United States. Section 264(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act) provides that ``Every alien in the United States who has been registered and fingerprinted * * * shall be issued a certificate of alien registration or an alien registration receipt card in such form and manner and at such time as shall be prescribed under regulations * * *.'' The Act also provides that ``Every alien, eighteen years of age and over, shall at all times carry with him and have in his personal possession any certificate of alien registration or alien registration receipt card issued to him * * * Any alien who fails to comply with [these] provisions shall be guilty of a misdemeanor * * *.'' See section 264(e) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1304(E). You can find the specific requirements and procedures for applying to renew or replace a Permanent Resident Card at 8 CFR 264.5.

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