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Illinois Residents React to Controversial Law Allowing Non-Citizens to Serve as Police Officers

The decision by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to sign a bill allowing non-U.S. citizens to become police officers in the state has elicited mixed reactions from Southern Illinois locals.

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Some residents strongly oppose the law, expressing concerns about non-citizens holding positions of authority in law enforcement.

They believe that individuals without citizenship should not be allowed to carry a badge, emphasizing the need for police officers to be American citizens.

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They argue that extensive background checks should be mandatory for anyone aspiring to become a police officer and that non-citizens policing citizens might not be in the best interest of the community.

On the other hand, some residents have a more neutral or slightly positive view on the matter.

They suggest that as long as non-citizens are legally authorized to work in the United States and have undergone proper background checks, allowing them to serve as police officers might be acceptable.

This perspective acknowledges potential benefits, especially in areas facing a shortage of officers, but also raises concerns about possible consequences and challenges.

Federal law currently prohibits non-U.S. citizens from serving as police officers and deputies.

However, the new Illinois law opens up this opportunity for non-citizens, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, provided they meet specific criteria, except citizenship, and are legally allowed to possess firearms.

The debate continues in Illinois as people weigh the pros and cons of this controversial law, discussing its potential impact on the community, law enforcement, and public safety.

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