In a groundbreaking decision, the Los Angeles Police Department’s oversight committee has approved new guidelines that allow police officers who entered the country illegally as minors to be armed at all times, even when off duty. The move comes after California passed a law in 2022 allowing those authorized under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive order to become law enforcement officers.
CA and Colorado will have illegals policing and arresting citizens and carrying guns while they try to take guns away from citizens……https://t.co/UVKZMENt37— OBX Beach Mike🇺🇸 (@Mike10285) December 27, 2023
The Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners unanimously approved the policy outline detailing how DACA recipients can carry their firearms off the job, citing the fact that a police officer is effectively on-duty 24/7. This decision has been met with both praise and criticism, as it is generally prohibited by law for illegal immigrants to possess firearms. However, the new guidelines recognize the unique status of DACA recipients who serve as law enforcement officers.
Chief of Police of Los Angeles Michael Moore emphasized the importance of working closely with the Department of Justice at both the state and federal level to ensure that the policy meets the current state of law and immigration policy in the United States. Until the Los Angeles Police Department officially adopts a full policy, DACA recipients will not be able to carry their firearms off duty.
California became the first state to pass a law allowing DACA recipients to become armed police officers, and it has now been joined by Colorado, which passed a similar bill in April 2023. The development of these policies is a reflection of the evolving landscape of immigration and law enforcement in the United States. As the Los Angeles Police Department works to finalize its policy, the impact of this decision on both the immigrant community and law enforcement remains to be seen.
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