Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker is currently reviewing a bill that could potentially open the doors for DACA recipients to serve as police officers in the state’s sanctuary cities. The bill has already been passed by the Democrat-dominated Illinois House and Senate, leaving Pritzker with the responsibility of either approving or vetoing it. This decision has sparked a heated debate among supporters and critics of immigration.
Under the proposed legislation, DACA recipients residing in Illinois would have the opportunity to apply for positions in law enforcement, provided they meet specific requirements. Proponents of the bill argue that this move would foster diversity and representation within the police force.
Governor Pritzker has yet to make a final decision on the bill, which has been on his desk since mid-June. However, even if he chooses to veto it, the Democrat supermajority in the legislative chambers could override his decision and pass the bill into law. This would align Illinois with California, which has already implemented a similar policy allowing illegal immigrants to serve as police officers if they possess a valid work permit.
The proposal has been met with controversy, with advocates highlighting the inclusivity and opportunities it provides for DACA recipients who have grown up in the United States. However, critics express concerns about the potential consequences of allowing individuals without legal status to enforce the law, raising questions about the integrity of the legal system and public safety.
The fate of law enforcement in Illinois hinges on Governor Pritzker’s decision. If he signs the bill into law, Illinois will follow in California’s footsteps. Alternatively, if he vetoes it, the legislature could still push the bill forward with their supermajority. The outcome of this decision will undoubtedly shape the ongoing discussion surrounding immigration and law enforcement in Illinois.
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