Illinois moves to allow non-US citizens to serve as police officers

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On Friday, Illinois Democratic Governor JB Pritzker signed legislation allowing non-US citizens to become police officers in the state. House Bill 3751 removes US citizenship as a requirement to become a police officer in Illinois and will go into effect on January 1, 2024.

Pritzker came under fire for the move, and in response claimed that “We have the ability for people who are legally here in this country, and permanent residents and DACA residents, to apply for jobs as police officers.” He assured Illinoisers that the bill would only be for those who are legally allowed to work in the US and legally allowed to possess firearms.

DACA residents, or those who fall under President Obama’s “Dream Act” are persons that were brought to the US illegally by their parents when they were minors, meaning that it was not their intention or their choice to be illegal immigrants, but the purview of their parents, who were illegal immigrants.

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