Police Departments Hiring Immigrants as Officers

Immigrant Cops

LAW ENFORCEMENT agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap. (ILLUSTRATION: Border officers in California. California has been in the forefront of hiring non-White officers.)

Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks.

At a time when 25,000 non-U.S. citizens are serving in the U.S. military, some feel it’s time for more police and sheriff departments to do the same. That’s why the Nashville Police Department is joining other departments to push the state legislature to change a law that bars non-citizens from becoming law enforcement officers.

Department spokesman Don Aaron said they want immigrants who have been honorably discharged from the military to be eligible for service.

“Persons who have given of themselves in the service to this country potentially have much to offer Tennesseans,” he said. “We feel that … would benefit both the country and this city.”

…With more immigrants moving to places far from the southern border or away from traditional immigrant magnets like New York City or Miami, agency leaders say it’s important to have a more diverse police force to communicate with those immigrants and understand their culture. Bruce Bovat, deputy chief of operations in Burlington, said their immigrant officers help the agency be more “reflective of the community we serve.”

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said he has no problems with green-card holders becoming police officers because they’ve made a long-term commitment to the country and have undergone extensive background checks. But he worries about the security risks associated with allowing any immigrant with a work permit to become an officer, especially considering that the Obama administration has given hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants work permits.

“We’re handing over a gun and a badge to somebody whose background we don’t really know a lot about,” Krikorian said.

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said any immigrant authorized to work in the U.S. has already undergone a thorough background check and will undergo even more screening in the police application process.

“The security risk is a straw man,” he said. “This is about people who have gone through criminal background checks, who are meeting the very high standards that we set as a country to stay here and who only want to serve and protect their communities.”

Meanwhile, the consequences of hiring non-Americans as “law enforcers” recently came into sharp focus in Los Angeles. — Ed

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Source: USA Today

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24 March, 2015 11:22 am

After reading the above report one does not know whether to laugh or cry. One wonders (not really) where this land is until I learned they are cities associated with USA. I had already learnt that George W. Bush had promised American citizenship for military duty to his mercenaries to augment his flagging Americans and circumventing all laws through the usual legerdemain. No one seemed to object. Change is not always dramatic. It can be casual, subtle like the parody above. The name of these new bureaucracies should arouse some suspicion though , but I believe such immoderate response is inappropriate if not unlawful. Aaron is probably a child of god and apparently strategically placed in the Nashville Police Department who believes established laws should be suspended for this subversion.… Read more »

James Clayton
James Clayton
20 August, 2018 11:27 am
21 August, 2018 1:40 am

This is totally ridiculous, there are many Americans who want these jobs. It seems there is a little more to this story and the people who are promoting this idea. Very un-American.

23 August, 2018 12:15 am

Actually it does have an upside. Filling the system with low IQ rabble only works in our favour. Dumb cops you say – well the dumber the better!!

24 August, 2018 10:08 am

Using law officers that don’t identify with the folk is an old trick. They want people who will kill and arrest with impunity. The Black Republicans deliberately used their magnificent, ultra Negro armies as occupation troops during the first Reconstruction. A total failure.

The Federals don’t trust local law enforcement because it can easily be undermined, causing a mass departure from the station. Hiring non-Whites is a Band-aid that will not work. If we can force the Federals to put a national cop on every corner, it will uncover the criminals on the Potomac at the highest level. And they cannot escape it.

James Clayton
James Clayton
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26 August, 2018 12:57 pm
27 August, 2018 5:58 am

Someone named Ali Noorani shouldn’t be in a position of authority on immigration to a country founded by whites. Secondly, police recruits must be below a certain age, and the number of whites fitting and willing to do LE work at low starting salaries is limited. A proper white nation would merge the duties of police and military, as criminality is a national security threat, with mandatory service addressed by means of a draft, providing college credit.

James Clayton
James Clayton
Reply to  Sethmoto101
27 August, 2018 3:44 pm

Merging the police and the military sounds third-world to me. It was U.S. ARMY military police, not national guard, that enforced school integration in Alabama over the objections of locals and governor Wallace.

Here, a deputy sheriff who has passed probation, working in the jail, etc., earns ~$80 thousand-a-year but I give you a shortage of solid White men being less than enthusiastic about taking out the trash regardless of its color.

Prosecuting attorneys and judges should be local, too, in my opinion, and that’s more important than color because they have to live in the area themselves. In my experience, many immigrants dislike illegal immigration because it tends to be undesirables and creates not only prejudice and but other unpleasant living conditions for them.

Reply to  James Clayton
29 August, 2018 12:37 am

Very good points. The salaries scale of the US border patrol agents is good: , so I withdraw saying ‘low starting salaries’ referencing Rosemary’s article, meaning there are questions raised by California’s agent hiring criteria, such as favoring Mexican-Americans or those fluent in Spanish. I thought about what the merging of military with police would mean, and in a uniformly white nation with proper education and values instruction having the overriding interest, “is it good for Whites” as KAS has mentioned: Separation-of-powers is a conservative’s argument implying that the two forces have competing interests; they do in a globalist’s multicultural world. Likewise for judiciaries. There are no competing interests in a nation where white racial purity, survival and advancement are the singular goals.