One of my favorite Eureka neighbors, Charlie Hoffman, tweeted me the other day with another complaint about That Man in the White House:
Oh, that darned Obama! I stepped out of my bubble and went to read the Fox News article Charlie sent me:
The Denver Sheriff’s Department set out to hire scores of deputies last year to lessen the burden on its staff and cut millions in overtime.
It advertised for prospects, and included U.S. citizenship as a requirement.
By this past spring, it had hired 200 deputies.
The Justice Department did not congratulate the agency – instead, it slapped Colorado’s largest sheriff’s department with a $10,000 fine and a host of steps it must take to address what was described as discriminatory hiring [Elizabeth Llorente, “Denver Sheriff’s Department Fined $10K for Hiring Only US Citizens,” FoxNews.com, 2016.11.22].
Then I read the press release from the Department of Justice explaining its settlement with the Denver Sheriff’s Department:
The Justice Department reached a settlement today resolving claims that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Denver Sheriff Department is the largest sheriff department in the state of Colorado.
The Justice Department’s investigation found that from approximately Jan. 1, 2015, until approximately March 23, 2016, the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated based on citizenship status by requiring applicants for deputy sheriff positions to be U.S. citizens and publishing job postings with U.S. citizenship requirements, in violation of the INA. The INA’s anti-discrimination provision prohibits employers from limiting jobs to U.S. citizens except where the employer is required to do so by law, regulation, executive order or government contract. The Denver Sheriff Department was not subject to one of the INA’s exceptions [U.S. Department of Justice, press release, 2016.11.21].
Then I read the settlement agreement to find the specific federal law the Denver Sheriff’s Department broke (unknowingly, the Denver Sheriff’s Department maintains):
Then I looked up 8 USC § 1324b to find out when that darned President Obama signed that federal law.
8 USC 1324b, enacted November 1986. Barack Hussein Obama was working as a community organizer in Chicago, and the man signing bills into law was Ronald Wilson Reagan.
So the tweet Charlie sent me about the Denver Sheriff’s Department paying a fine for discriminating against non-citizen job applicants was really an example of Reagan’s America.
That darned Reagan and his darned love of immigrants!