Colorado AG must fight ‘misinformation,’ encourage ‘respectful’ debate under new state law

June 9, 2024 4:34 pm
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Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed a law Wednesday requiring the state attorney general to fight “misinformation” and “disinformation.”

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser must coordinate with the state’s Department of Education to prevent the spread of “factually inaccurate data” by sharing resources encouraging “respectful” discussions under the new law. Weiser will also have to develop materials for schools, organizations and community leaders that facilitate “honest” and “productive” conversations about statewide and national issues to help people find common ground.

A March poll found Colorado voters were divided on determining who was responsible for the increase in arrivals of immigrants to the state without legal authorization. More than 40,000 have come to Denver since 2022. Forty-three percent of voters said Congress was responsible for the increase, while 41% pointed to the Biden administration’s immigration policies. Just over 30% picked Denver’s policies for migrants.

Colorado lawmakers have also appeared divided. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has referred to immigrants as “invaders” while criticizing President Joe Biden’s strategy toward addressing the southern border’s issues. A day before Biden issued an executive order that limits daily migration, Rep. Boebert asked her social media followers to reelect her to help former President Donald Trump build a wall should he win the presidential election.

We need to shut down the border, build the wall and DEPORT THEM ALL,” she wrote. “Send me back to Congress and I’ll help President Trump do just that!”

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., has referred to immigrants as a source of “great strength and pride” while pointing to their economic contributions.

The sixth district of Colorado is one of the most diverse districts in the nation – 20 percent of my constituents were born outside of the United States and I have over 130 languages and dialects spoken in my public school system,” Rep. Crow said. “I also know that in Colorado, we do not allow people to go hungry and starve and freeze on our streets who need our help.”

On Tuesday, Polis, a Democrat, cheered Biden’s executive order and denounced Republican opposition.

“President Biden is stepping up to meaningfully address immigration challenges and improve border security while Congressional Republicans sit idly by and continue playing politics that Americans are tired of,” he said. “I applaud President Biden’s leadership and urge Congress to join President Biden in putting people over politics to secure our border and reform our broken immigration system.”

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