Friday, September 1, 2023

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Welcomes Hostile Foreign Spies Into Illinois’ Police Force: The New Law Allows Foreign Citizens Who Hold American Green Cards or Have DACA Status to Become Police Officers

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Welcomes Hostile Foreign Spies Into Illinois’ Police Force:
The new law allows foreign citizens who hold American green cards or have DACA status to become police officers
Imagine this nightmare scenario. An American citizen walking on American streets is arrested, detained, and questioned by a police officer who serves a hostile foreign government such as China, Russia, or Iran. The foreign cop might be a spy charged with keeping track of U.S.-based persons of interest on behalf of his government. This spy, who doubles as an American cop, has the power to act under American law, investigate U.S. residents, and even use lethal force, should he see fit.
This might read like a dystopian novel about the collapse of American society. But this scenario is now legal under Illinois law, as it is in a handful of other states. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker created the possibility for foreign spies to join the Illinois police force with his signature on House Bill 3751, a bill ostensibly intended to mitigate Illinois’ police recruiting crisis.
Previous Illinois law required Illinois police officers to be American citizens. H.B. 3751 allows foreign citizens who hold an American green card to become police, along with individuals who came into America illegally as children and have since received federal protection for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
As America’s proxy conflict with Russia grinds through its second year in Ukraine, China simultaneously inches toward initiating a conflict with the U.S. in the western Pacific, and Iran saber rattles in the Persian Gulf, Illinois policymakers decided to open law enforcement to Russian, Chinese, and Iranian citizens.
Exploiting this opportunity could quickly become a new initiative for countries like China. The Department of Justice recently accused Chinese intelligence assets of running an illegal overseas police station in New York this year and arrested two Chinese agents for the alleged crime. The agents acted illegally in a police capacity to harass Chinese dissidents in New York. If Chinese citizens become cops in Illinois, then the same would happen to Chinese dissidents in Illinois.
An Invitation to Hostile Powers
The new Illinois law’s invitation to hostile powers is comparable to letting Soviet citizens serve in police departments during the Cold War.
A law enforcement recruiting crisis is cited as justification for the new law. That recruiting crisis is at least partially the result of a leftist policy response to several years of undeterred lawlessness along with poor working conditions — all to the detriment of common-sense policing. CBS News reports that 3,300 officers have left the Chicago Police Department since 2019, while only 1,600 new recruits have joined. Chicago crime has skyrocketed since 2019.
The 2-to-1 retirement-to-recruitment ratio and elevated crime do not signal law enforcement’s confidence in Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, who often refuses to prosecute violent crime. Nor do they show an endorsement of Chicago and Cook County’s leadership generally, which sat impotent through waves of crime and looting in 2020 and 2021, sent violent criminals (including 90 charged murderers) back to the streets awaiting trial, and have further enacted policies that defang the Chicago Police Department.
Nor do they indicate confidence in Pritzker, who took Chicago’s pro-criminal policies statewide through the SAFE-T Act, a law that largely ended cash bail, further blunted police departments, and rushed violent criminals back onto the streets. Pritzker enacted these reforms as a step toward “dismantling the systemic racism that plagues our communities.”
Illinois’ move precipitated a debate, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis criticizing the law for allowing illegal aliens to become police officers. Pritzker responded that DeSantis “isn’t smart enough to be president.” He proclaimed that the law allows permanent legal residents and DACA recipients — illegal aliens who have work permits and protection from deportation — to become cops. Pritzker did not address the fact that his law essentially legalizes and institutionalizes the illegal police forces that China has been running in New York and other jurisdictions across the U.S.
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