The Denver Sheriff Department was just slammed with a $10,000 fine from the Department of Justice (DOJ) for refusing to hire non-citizens, who broke the law to get here, to uphold the law, as deputies. The department set out to hire a number of deputies last year to lighten the burden of their staff and to cut millions in overtime.
Apparently, it’s not okay to ask for deputies to follow the law as part of their employment…I’m sorry how does that make any sense?!
Take a look below at their “logic:”
From the beginning of 2015 through last March, the department went on a major hiring spree, adding more than 200 new deputies. But those jobs ended up only going to citizens because the department made citizenship a stated requirement on the job application. The department admitted as much in a new settlement with the U.S. government, which requires it to pay a $10,000 fine, the Daily Caller reported.
In a summary of the settlement on its website, the Justice Department said that in insisting on citizenship, the Denver Sheriff’s Department violated an anti-discrimination provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that forbids employers from hiring only U.S. citizens except in cases where it is mandated “by law, regulation, executive order or government contract,” Fox News reported.
The Justice Department said that the opportunity to work for the department should be open to anyone with the necessary skills who is authorized to be employed in the United States. That could be a legal permanent resident who has not naturalized, for example, or someone on a temporary visa who has a work permit.
In a statement, the Denver agency stated that it would abide by the ruling.
The Denver Sheriff’s Department spokesman Simon Crittle said:
“The Denver Sheriff Department maintains its commitment to treat all people with dignity and respect, and is proud to have one of the most diverse workplaces in Colorado,”
He then added: “While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility and are taking steps to clarify policy and amend language in hiring documents,”
Beyond just the fine, the sheriff’s department must also review applicants who were disqualified because they came here illegally. They are to be considered for future openings if they meet other criteria.
The spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, Ira Mehlman, brought up a few very obvious points to FoxNews.com. He simply stated that hiring people who are not permanent residents and have temporary visas does not seem feasible.
Mehlman said the police departments were “They’re making a long-term investment, paying for training, for someone who might be ineligible to work in a few years,”
Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, mentioned last year that, while he supports the idea of opening up hiring at police departments to non-citizens, he’s worried about security risks for Illegal officers.
“We’re handing over a gun and a badge to somebody whose background we don’t really know a lot about,” Krikorian said.
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