Sunday, October 16, 2005

Another reason to take O'Reilly with a grain of salt

"On the October 13 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly falsely claimed that '47 states will not allow local and state police' to arrest undocumented immigrants, adding that 'only Florida, Arkansas, and Alabama have empowered authorities to detain illegals.' O'Reilly then complained of the 'hard time' he predicted Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) would have passing new legislation aimed at increasing local enforcement of immigration laws. Yet O'Reilly's statements misrepresented the level of authority already delegated to states for the enforcement of federal immigration policy. In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, states are already empowered by the Immigration and Nationality Act to enforce criminal violations of immigration law (such as illegally crossing the border) and a limited range of civil violations. Specifically, the Department of Justice expanded local powers to address illegal immigration in 2002 when it introduced the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System."

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