CNN: Being an Illegal Alien ‘Not Necessarily’ a Crime

Illegal aliens who have overstayed their visas are “not necessarily” committing a crime just by remaining in the country illegally, according to CNN. The cable network explained in a piece titled “Are undocumented immigrants committing a crime? Not necessarily”, noting that they are not technically committing a crime by refusing to leave the U.S.: Under federal law, it is a crime for anyone to enter into the U.S. without the approval of an immigration officer — it’s a misdemeanor offense that carries fines and no more than six months in prison. Many foreign nationals, however, enter the country legally every day on valid work or travel visas, and end up overstaying for a variety of reasons. But that’s not a violation of federal criminal law — it’s a civil violation that gets handled in immigration court proceedings. In fact, a 2006 study showed that roughly 45% of undocumented immigrants originally entered the US legally, but then remained in the country without authorization after their visas had expired. Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) Mark Krikorian, though, says visa over-stays must commit a slew of federal crimes not only to remain in the U.S., but to work in the country as well. “If they’re working, most illegal immigrants who work, work on the books,” Krikorian told Breitbart Texas. “If that’s true, that means they produce false federal documents in order to work. You must show a driver’s license or Social Security number.” “If the information you’re showing is false, that’s perjury,” Krikorian said.

Exactly!!  It’s because of this type of liberal agenda-driven reporting that CNN’s ratings are in the toilet.  They are feeding a false narrative that is factually inaccurate!  If you are here illegally, either because you just crossed OR over-stayed your visa, you’re breaking the law.  Period!  AND, if you’re here illegally and working, then you’re breaking all sorts of laws as Mark correctly notes here.  It’s no wonder that Trump, and others, call them “fake news.”  Typical liberal media..

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