In more of the left-wing lunacy that has taken root in deep blue states, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed off on a controversial bill allowing foreign nationals to become law enforcement officers, a move that critics blasted as “madness” for setting the stage to potentially deputize illegal aliens to arrest U.S. citizens in their own country.
On Friday, the blustering Democrat strongman signed Illinois House Bill 3751 into law, one of a flurry of over 130 bills that he affixed his signature to at a signing ceremony in crime-ridden Chicago, the site of next year’s Democratic National Convention.
The bill, which amends the Illinois Municipal Code and goes into effect on January 1, 2024, “Provides that an individual who is not a citizen but is legally authorized to work in the United States under federal law is authorized to apply for the position of a police officer, subject to all requirements and limitations, other than citizenship, to which other applicants are subject.”
U.S. Rep. Mary Miller (R-IL) assailed the passage of the law that could lead to illegal aliens being given guns and badges and unleashed on citizens in the Land of Lincoln.
“At 5pm yesterday, when no one was paying attention, Pritzker signed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to become police officers, giving non-citizens the power to arrest citizens in our state. No sane state would allow foreign nationals to arrest their citizens, this is madness!” Miller said in a Saturday post to Twitter.
At 5pm yesterday, when no one was paying attention, Pritzker signed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to become police officers, giving non-citizens the power to arrest citizens in our state. No sane state would allow foreign nationals to arrest their citizens, this is madness!
— Rep. Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) July 29, 2023
Gov. Pritzker signed HB 3751 despite fierce opposition from the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police which strongly condemned the bill when it passed the House.
“What message does this legislation send when it allows people who do not have legal status to become the enforcers of our laws?” The organization asked in a statement. “This is a potential crisis of confidence in law enforcement at a time when our officers need all the public confidence they can get.”
“To hand the power to arrest and detain a citizen of this state, or a citizen of any state in the United States, to a non-citizen is a fundamental breach of democracy,” said Republican Illinois State Senator Chapin Rose earlier this year. “It is antithetical to the police power of any state.”
“It’s just a fundamentally bad idea,” Rose added.
Pritzker recently celebrated a state Supreme Court ruling that a law that abolishing cash bail was constitutional, a major victory for criminal coddling leftists who have insisted that the existing system was racist.
Illinois to become the first state to abolish cash bail after court ruling as Dem governor celebrateshttps://t.co/O3bIgWUdgj
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) July 19, 2023
“I am pleased that the Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the SAFE-T Act and the elimination of cash bail,” Pritzker said in a statement. “We can now move forward with historic reform to ensure pre-trial detainment is determined by the danger an individual poses to the community instead of by their ability to pay their way out of jail.”
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