Note: There is currently a push in Georgia to change state law so that foreigners could be law enforcement officers here. From there, the process would expand to be more like California and include illegal aliens. “Equity.”
Joe Guzzardi: California Considers Giving Law Enforcement Jobs to Illegal Immigrants
When the subject is California and the state’s extreme politics, nothing ever surprises. But even long-time California skeptics admit that state Senate Bill 960 raises eyebrows for its audacity and disregard for public safety.
Introduced by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat who represents District 9 and its radical cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond, the bill proposes to allow non-U.S. citizens to become California law enforcement officers.
Skinner’s bill removes the condition that an individual must be a citizen or a lawful U.S. permanent resident to become a police officer, a step too far in many Californians’ opinion. Since her legislation doesn’t specifically ban illegal immigrants from the non-U.S. citizen category, the conclusion that many have reached is that SB 960 would allow illegally present aliens to wear the badge.
The bill originally passed committee 4-1, has been read twice, and will soon get a third and final reading before it can proceed to the floor for debate.
SB 960 has sparked controversy, and the first to speak out is Skinner herself. At a March 22 Senate Public Safety Committee hearing, she insisted that her bill “only allows those who are living here legally and have the legal ability to work here — through a visa, a Green Card — to become peace officers.”
The San José Mercury News reported that Oakland is the state’s “most watched police department with both a federal monitor and strong civilian oversight.” As a result of the intense oversight, officers are leaving the Oakland police force in unprecedented numbers, from an average of about four per month late last year to 10 or 15 a month since then...read the rest here.
Despite federal and municipal oversight, in 2021 Oakland police investigated 134 homicides, the most since 2012, and the city endured a 21% increase in shootings.
Crime rates in Berkeley and Richmond are equally terrible. In Berkeley, a crime occurs on average once every 70 minutes; in Richmond, once every 158 minutes.
Berkeley isn’t the only challenged city in the state. The Los Angeles Police Departmenthas 296 vacant officer positions and almost 500 fewer on-duty officers than it did this time last year, according to LAPD reports.
Whatever the solution is to the Bay Area and sanctuary state California’s rising crime rates and its dwindling number of police officers on the payroll, rewarding illegal aliens with the vital job of enforcing the law isn’t the answer.
One of the existing provisions to qualify as a California police officer is that the candidate complete a background check that confirms his or her good moral character. Since little information can be confirmed about an illegal immigrant’s life prior to voluntarily and illegally coming to the United States, no meaningful background check can be performed.
Known for certain, however, is that entering the United States without inspection violates U.S. immigration law, which furthermore means that the prospective police candidate’s first action was criminal.
Blue states like California, Illinois, New York, Oregon and Washington have pushed to promote illegal immigrants to the same level as legal immigrants, a grave injustice to the foreign-born who followed the proper procedures to attain lawful permanent resident status.