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Denver Sheriff Settles Hiring Practices Case Brought By DOJ

Denver Sheriff Settles Hiring Practices Case Brought By DOJ

Whatever the case may be, and no matter how many liberals are offended by the audacity of the Denver Sheriff's Department not including non-citizens in its hiring process, there is a slippery slope with our country's name all over it when you are persecuted for hiring who you so choose, especially when your employees get a gun and a badge.

Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, employers are required to give equal treatment to non-citizens with valid work permits, unless state, local, or federal law explicitly requires certain jobs be open only to citizens.

The Denver Sheriff Department has run afoul of the U.S. Department of Justice because it made U.S. citizenship a job requirement for its deputies during a hiring spree in 2015 and early 2016. It also will identify and consider applicants who may have been disqualified from being weighed for deputy sheriff positions due to the citizenship requirement, the Justice Department statement said.

The Eugene, Oregon, police department agreed in August 2015 to pay fines and retrain its employees after the Justice Department found the city asked police officer applicants about their citizenship status to exclude applicants who were not US citizens.

And recently, this policy ended up forcing the Denver Sheriff's Department to pay a $10,000 fine and change its hiring practices.

"We commend the Denver Sheriff Department for its cooperation and commitment to removing unnecessary and unlawful employment barriers", said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, in a press release announcing the settlement. In addition, they are required to train human resources on the anti-discrimination provision of the INA.

More than 40 states have laws restricting non-citizens from being police officers, but Colorado is not one of them, a fact the Denver Sheriff's Department did not know, the Caller reported.