Obama DOJ Fines Sheriff’s Office $10,000 for not Hiring Non-Citizens as Deputies
Once again, we see how the criminal Obama administration works in reaching into an area it has no constitutional authority to reach into, namely the local sheriff’s office. The Denver County Sheriff’s Office has been fined $10,000 by the Department of Justice for not hiring non-citizens as deputies.
The Daily Caller reports:
Denver County’s sheriff office has been slapped with a fine by the Department of Justice (DOJ) because it refused to hire non-citizens as deputies.
From the beginning of 2015 through last March, the Denver Sheriff Department went on a major hiring binge, adding more than 200 new deputies. But those jobs ended up only going to citizens, because the department made citizenship a stated requirement on the job application. The department admitted as much in a new settlement with the U.S. government, which requires it to pay a $10,000 fine.
The department will also have to comb through all of its job applications from the past two years, identifying immigrants who were excluded from the hiring process and giving them due consideration.
“Eliminating this unlawful citizenship requirement will help ensure that the Denver Sheriff Department hires the best and most qualified individuals to protect and serve,” DOJ Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said in a statement. “The entire community will benefit from these reforms.”
The Immigration and Nationality Act demands that employers are required to give equal treatment if they have valid work permits, unless local, state or federal law explicitly requires the jobs to employ only citizens.
Now, call me crazy here, but why would you want a foreigner, who is not a citizen, to be employed in your local Sheriff’s Office? Furthermore, what constitutional basis is there for the central government to make such demands on any employer? Is this not a clear violation of the First Amendment with respect to determining with whom one will associate?
As for the Sheriff’s Office, they claim they did not know it was a violation of federal law. To be honest, it should be challenged as I see nothing in the Constitution that gives authority for Congress to make such a law against employers.
In fact, more than 40 states have laws in opposition to federal law that will only allow citizens to hold jobs as police.
In an October 2015 report released by the DOJ, citizenship requirements were ripped due to wanting to create a “diverse” police force.
“While Federal law allows law enforcement agencies to impose a citizenship requirement where it is authorized by state or local law, this requirement may prevent a considerable number of racial and ethnic minorities – many of whom have valuable foreign language skills – from being hired by law enforcement agencies,” the report read.
In an emailed statement, sheriff’s spokesman Simon Crittle said, “The Denver Sheriff Department maintains its commitment to treat all people with dignity and respect, and is proud to have one of the most diverse workplaces in Colorado.
“While we didn’t commit this violation intentionally, we accept responsibility and are taking steps to clarify policy and amend language in hiring documents.”
To be honest, it should be challenged as I see nothing in the Constitution that gives authority for Congress to make such a law against employers.
The Sheriff’s Office has been hiring 200 deputies.
Again, doesn’t it just make common sense to have citizens in this line of work?