A new Illinois law will allow non-citizens to become police officers, but only if they are authorized to work in the United States and are legally allowed to own a gun. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed the new law in July 2023, and it will go into effect in 2024. The new law is intended to address Illinois’ current shortage of police officers:
“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 police officer, subject to all requirements and limitations, other than citizenship, to which other applicants are subject.”
There are many misconceptions and inaccuracies about the new Illinois being shared on social media, especially on Twitter/ X. Here are some frequently asked questions and myths about the new Illinois law that allows legal noncitizens to become police officers.
Does an Illinois law allow undocumented immigrants to work as police officers?
No. A state law approved by Governor J.B. Pritzker will allow migrants legally authorized to work in the U.S. to become police officers in Illinois.
Does a new law in Illinois allow any immigrant living in the country illegally to become a police officer?
Illinois’ new law allows certain non-citizens to apply for police officer jobs. But they must be legally authorized to both work and carry a firearm in the country. Immigration law experts say this includes lawful permanent residents (green card holders).
Do all immigrants legally in the country qualify to become an Illinois police officer?
No, legal immigrants on temporary status, such as foreign nationals in the country on student, tourist and employment-based visas, are likely not qualified.
It is important for undocumented immigrants to be informed about their legal rights, as well as to seek legal advice and assistance from trusted sources. Plus, certain cities and states may also have additional policies that protect undocumented immigrants. It can be helpful to research specific local laws and regulations. Immigration laws and regulations change frequently and can be confusing. Consulting an experienced immigration attorney who can provide more accurate and specific information based on the current laws can protect your rights.
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