Illinois Is Asking For Trouble With a New Bill That Will Allow Non-U.S. Citizens To Become Police Officers
Law enforcement veteran Michael Letts explains why the move could backfire and make a bad situation worse for the troubled state.
There’s no question that a lot of states are in serious trouble when it comes to increased crime. However, the latest solution that Illinois has drawn up could be asking for more trouble than it’s worth.
State Governor J.B. Pritzker recently signed Illinois House Bill 3751 into law. With it, non-U.S. citizens are now able to become police officers. This overrode a previous policy where U.S. citizenship was required. It’s set to go into effect on January 1, 2024.
With that, however, both police groups and GOP lawmakers have objected to the law. Illinois Rep. Mary Miller, noted on Twitter, “At 5 p.m. yesterday, when no one was paying attention, Pritzker signed a bill to allow illegal immigrants to become police officers, giving non-citizens the power to arrest citizens in our state. No sane state would allow foreign nationals to arrest their citizens, this is madness!”
Could this move put Illinois into further trouble? Joining us now to discuss this further is Michael Letts, a law enforcement veteran with over 30 years of experience under his belt. Letts is Founder, President and CEO of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various sponsorships and charitable groups. His expertise will certainly prove helpful in this matter.
- Do you think Gov. Pritzker thought through what he was signing with this bill? Especially considering the problem with illegal immigrants in this country?
- What could happen to Illinois as a result of House Bill 3751? Do you see crime continuing to increase?
- Why is U.S. citizenship required when applying for a job as police officer? As a safety measure? Or something else?
- Considering that so many people are objecting to the law, why do you think Pritzker is turning a deaf ear to it? How does this benefit him?
- What do you think the proper solution is when it comes to bringing down Illinois’ growing criminal activity?
- You’re the creator of InVest USA, an organization that provides bulletproof vests to police officers through various charitable groups and sponsorships. Tell us more about that, and why support for fellow officers is so important right now.
- Tell us more about RestoringJustice.US, the new website where you help out citizens in need surrounding law matters.
- Where can we learn more about InVest USA, Restoring Justice and whatever else you’re working on?
About Michael Letts:
Michael Letts is the Founder, President, and CEO of InVest USA, a national grassroots non-profit organization that is helping hundreds of communities provide thousands of bulletproof vests for their police forces through educational, public relations, sponsorship, and fundraising programs. He also has over 30 years of law enforcement experience under his belt, hence his pro-police stance for his brothers and sisters in blue. Those interested in learning more about Letts can visit his official website here.