New Illinois bill would allow DACA recipients to become police officers
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A bill opening the door for DACA recipients to become cops is gaining bipartisan support in Springfield.
The legislation was introduced as a way to help law enforcement struggling with recruitment.
There are tens of thousands of DACA recipients living in Illinois.
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In suburban Blue Island, noncitizens can currently apply to become officers using a federal employment authorization document.
According to the Chicago Tribune, so far, the department has one recruit who is a DACA recipient and at least three other DACA applicants who are eligible to be hired.
The statewide bill now moves to the Senate for approval.