You would think that when hiring police officers you would want them to be citizens of the country you are hiring them to protect. Well, according to Obama’s Department of Justice, that would make you a filthy racist — you and the Denver County Sheriff Department.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Denver Sheriff Department — the largest in Colorado — was fined $10,000 by the Department of Justice for requiring applicants between the beginning of 2015 and March of 2016 to be citizens of the United States.
“The (Immigration and Naturalization Act’s) anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from limiting jobs to U.S. citizens except where the employer is required to do so by law, regulation, executive order or government contract,” the Department of Justice said in a statement. “The Denver Sheriff Department was not subject to one of the INA’s exceptions.”
“Under the terms of the settlement agreement, the Denver Sheriff Department will pay $10,000 in civil penalties; identify applicants who may have been disqualified from consideration for deputy sheriff positions due to the citizenship requirement and consider these applicants’ qualifications without regards (sic) to their citizenship; train its human resources staff on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA and review and revise its policies and procedures to comply with the requirements of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision.”
“We commend the Denver Sheriff Department for its cooperation and commitment to removing unnecessary and unlawful employment barriers,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice’s civil rights division, was quoted as saying in the statement.
“Eliminating this unlawful citizenship requirement will help ensure that the Denver Sheriff Department hires the best and most qualified individuals to protect and serve. The entire community will benefit from these reforms.”
“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,” Denver Sheriff Department spokesman Simon Crittle said in a statement, according to Fox News.
“While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility and are taking steps to clarify policy and amend language in hiring documents,” he added.
Now, we totally agree that there are certain jobs for which your citizenship status should be irrelevant so long as the applicant is in the country legally. Should protecting and serving the American people through policing be one of them?
Furthermore, a quick scan of the Justice Department statement finds scant evidence that the Denver Sheriff Department was aware that they weren’t exempt. Was a $10,000 fine really the best route? For that matter, if this weren’t the police — a favorite target of Loretta Lynch’s DOJ — would this have even been a concern?
One thing is for sure — a lot of people in Denver are going to be very angry over this decision.
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