For California Lawmaker, Turning Illegal Aliens into Cops is the Next Frontier
If a California state senator has her way, illegal aliens will soon be able to serve as police officers in the Golden State. For Sen. Nancy Skinner, allowing illegal aliens to serve as law enforcement officers is the next frontier in normalizing the status of illegal aliens. (We would say the Final Frontier, but that would be underestimating the creativity of California lawmakers when it comes to showering benefits and rewards on illegal aliens.)
Under SB 90, Skinner is explicit in who she intends the legislation to benefit. “Existing law establishes the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training within the Department of Justice to perform various functions involving the training of peace officers. Existing law requires peace officers in this state to meet specified minimum standards, including, among other requirements, being at least 18 years of age, being of good moral character, as determined by a thorough background investigation, and being either a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship, except as prescribed,” states the language of the bill. “This bill would remove the provision that requires peace officers to either be a citizen of the United States or be a permanent resident who is eligible for and has applied for citizenship,” it continues.
Sen. Skinner represents Berkeley and other communities in the East Bay. The irony of Sen. Skinner’s bill is likely lost on the “progressive” leadership of that city who were among the first to adopt the “defund the police” ethos in deed, not just words. In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd, the Berkeley City Council stripped $9.2 million from the city’s police department budget – a reduction of about 12 percent. To the amazement of no one, Berkeley registered an immediate increase in all types of crime.
But even as “progressives” in Berkeley and other cities in California have moved to defund police departments SB 90 would encourage the hiring of new law enforcement officers whose very presence in the state is a violation of federal law. Like many schemes to reward and encourage illegal immigration that originate in California, SB 90 may not succeed on its first try. But history tells us that they will keep trying until they succeed – or until voters in that state finally put an end to it.