Confusion over Calif bill that seems to allow illegal immigrants to become police officers

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A bill working its way through California’s legislature appears to allow illegal aliens to become law enforcement officers in the state, a dicey prospect with the nation likely only weeks away from being overrun by hundreds of thousands of migrants once Title 42 is officially lifted.

SB 960 which was sponsored by state Senator Nancy Skinner and is currently in the review process has language that could be perceived as modifying the citizenship requirement so as to potentially permit individuals who are not lawfully in the United States to carry badges and guns, a change that, if true, would be highly controversial.

“Existing law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being at least 18 years of age, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation, and being either a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as prescribed. This bill would remove the provision that requires peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship. citizenship, and would make conforming changes,” the bill’s summary states.

(Image: Screenshot/SB 960)

But the language as it currently exists is confusing and, according to Fox News, “The bill only allows for legal immigrants to become police officers, a source familiar with the bill told Fox News Digital.”

“However, language in the bill itself does not specify that illegal immigrants are barred from doing so. The term ‘illegal immigrant’ was unnecessary to include as other sections of federal law already barred illegal immigrants from becoming officers, the source continued,” Fox reported.

The apparent loosening of citizenship requirements comes as police departments are facing increasing difficulty in hiring and retaining employees amid skyrocketing crime rates, especially in California where brazen daylight smash and grab robberies have spilled over into some of the wealthiest areas including Beverly Hills.

The fallout from the reaction to the unfortunate George Floyd incident that set off a national wave of mayhem in 2020 including violent riots, looting, and property destruction has left police departments handicapped after a frenzied push by Democrat officials to defund law enforcement and adopt policies that emboldened criminals while demonizing cops, setting the stage for today’s staffing problems.

According to Fox News, “The bill was previously voted on at the end of March, with four ayes and one no. Democratic Sens. Steven Bradford, Sydney Kamlager and Scott Wiener, along with Skinner, all voted in favor of the bill. Sen. Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, a Republican, voted no.”

The bill is currently headed to its third reading.

Fox News Los Angeles has added the following verbiage to the national story: “Disclaimer: Skinner’s bill would only allow legal immigrants who are in the US on a green card or another form of legal visa to become police officers. It would not allow undocumented immigrants to become police officers in California, as that would be a violation of federal law.”


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