Joe Guzzardi: California Considers Giving Law Enforcement Work to Illegal Immigrants | Opinions


When the topic is California and the extreme politics of the state, nothing ever surprises. But even longtime California skeptics acknowledge that the state Senate Bill 960 raises eyebrows for its courage and disregard for public safety.

Introduced by State Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat representing District 9 and its radical cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Richmond, the bill proposes to allow non-US citizens to become law enforcement officers in California.

Skinner’s bill removes the requirement that an individual must be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident to become a police officer, a step too far in the opinion of many Californians. Since its legislation does not specifically prohibit illegal immigrants from the U.S. non-citizen category, the very conclusion they have reached is that SB 960 would allow foreigners present illegally to wear the badge.

The bill was originally approved by committee 4-1, has been read twice and will soon receive a third and final reading before moving on to the debate podium.

The SB 960 has sparked controversy and the first to speak is Skinner himself. At a Senate Public Safety Committee hearing on March 22, she insisted that her bill “allows only those who live here legally and have the legal capacity to work here – through a visa, a green card – to become peacekeeping officers.” “.

“I just want to be clear about that,” Skinner added.

Despite her insistence, SB 960 is at best unclear about allowing illegal immigrants to become law enforcement officers.

To give Skinner the potential benefit of the suspicion, the SB 960 may be due to its district inability to detain police officers.

The San José Mercury News reported that Oakland is “the most-watched police department in the state with a federal monitor and strong civilian oversight.” As a result of intensive surveillance, officers are leaving the Oakland police force in unprecedented numbers, from an average of about four per month at the end of last year to 10 or 15 per month since then.

Despite federal and municipal oversight, in 2021 Oakland police investigated 134 homicides, the most since 2012, and the city suffered a 21% increase in shootings.

Crime rates in Berkeley and Richmond are just as dire. In Berkeley, a crime occurs on average once every 70 minutes; in Richmond, once every 158 minutes.

Berkeley is not the only challenged city in the state. According to LAPD reports, the Los Angeles Police Department has 296 vacant officer positions and almost 500 fewer officers on duty than it had this time last year.

Whatever the solution to increasing the crime rate in the Gulf Area and the holy state of California and its declining number of police officers on the payroll, rewarding illegal aliens with vital law enforcement work is not the solution. .

One of the existing provisions to qualify as a police officer in California is for the candidate to conduct a historical check that confirms his or her good moral character. Since little information can be confirmed about the life of an illegal immigrant before coming to the United States voluntarily and illegally, no meaningful background check can be performed.

However, it is known for sure that entering the United States without inspection violates US immigration law, which further means that the first action of the potential police candidate was criminal.

Blue states like California, Illinois, New York, Oregon and Washington have promoted the promotion of illegal immigrants on a par with legal immigrants, a grave injustice to foreign-borns who followed proper procedures to achieve legal immigration status. permanent resident.

Opening good jobs, though dangerous, as a police officer for illegal aliens is a disaster for everyone – for citizens who want protection from the most qualified and trained, for citizens who seek high-paying jobs with positive benefits , and for the American Homeland that is always endangered.

Specifically, border agents have encountered 838,685 illegal aliens since October 1, beginning of fiscal year 2022, through February; President Joe Biden has released 37.9%, or 318,700. Add 838,685, hundreds of thousands of other immigrants not included in the official total.

Assuming that the rate at which agents catch or encounter illegals continues – 167,737 per month before the removal of Title 42 – the total meeting with foreigners by the end of the fiscal year on September 30 will exceed 2 million. And if Biden releases the aliens at the same rate, another 760,000 unattended illegals will be free.

Skinner’s ill-conceived idea of ​​giving law enforcement jobs to non-citizens, a category that could include illegal aliens, is stupid and dangerous.

– Joe Guzzardi is a Progressives for Immigration Reform analyst and researcher who now lives in Pittsburgh. He can be reached at [email protected] and, or follow him on Twitter: @ joeguzzardi19. Click here to read the previous columns. The thoughts expressed are his.

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