Non-citizens will be able to become police officers in California under a new bill.
Existing law prevents a person who is not a citizen of the United States from being appointed as a member of the California Highway Patrol, with some exceptions, according to the bill. This bill would repeal the restriction and make the necessary modifications.
SB 960, introduced by Democrat Sen. Nancy Skinner, would repeal the requirement that a person be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States to work as a police officer. There is no difference made in the bill between legal and illegal immigration.
The law was previously passed with four yes votes and one no vote at the end of March. Senators Steven Bradford, Sydney Kamlager, and Scott Wiener, all Democrats, as well as Skinner, voted in support of the bill. Republican Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh voted nay.
According to a person acquainted with the law, only legal immigrants are allowed to become police officers. However, the bill’s text does not state that illegal immigrants are prohibited from doing so. According to the source, the word “illegal immigrant” was unneeded because other portions of federal law already prohibited illegal immigrants from becoming police officers.
On Tuesday, the measure received its second reading, and it is now on its third reading.
On Tuesday, the measure received its second reading, and it is now on its third reading. This comes after the Biden administration announced that, despite migrant influx fears, the Title 42 health policy will be lifted.
The CDC Director has determined that an Order suspending the right to introduce migrants into the United States is no longer necessary, based on current public health conditions and increased availability of tools to fight COVID-19, such as highly effective vaccines and therapeutics, according to a statement from the Centers for Disease Control.