Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - July 11, 2010

July 12, 2010 10:03 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

The Sunday shows were quiet yesterday save for Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), who offered a weak and inaccurate defense of Arizona's notorious new immigration law. The Arizona Republican insisted to CNN's Candy Crowley that Arizona's immigration enforcement law does not allow racial profiling and mirrors federal law. The truth is that SB 1070 hinges on a police officer's "reasonable suspicion" that someone is in the country illegally, and supporters of the law have argued that dress and grooming can identify "illegals." Most damning of all, emails show the law's coauthor was eager to give Arizona cops the authority to demand papers from people who violate city ordinances by having "cars on blocks in the yard." And Franks' claim that Arizona's law does not go beyond existing law was shown to be false long ago.

Read our full fact check HERE.