DOJ, Oregon City Settle Allegations of Violation of Immigration Law in Hiring for Law Enforcement

Immigration reform is certain to be an issue in the 2016 presidential campaign. The current system, including on employment of immigrants and illegal immigrants, has very few defenders.

But in the meantime it’s important that the laws already on the books be obeyed.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the city of Eugene, Oregon, violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by improperly restricting law enforcement positions to U.S. citizens at the time of hire, even though no law, regulation, executive order or government contract authorized such a restriction.  DOJ’s investigation revealed that the city of Eugene asked police officer applicants about their citizenship status with the intent to exclude any applicant who was not a U.S. citizen at the time of hire.

That’s a violation of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision that 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.”

DOJ announced on Aug. 5 that the city of Eugene agreed to settle the case, including paying a civil penalty and training its employees about the anti-discrimination provision of the INA. It also agreed to be subject to monitoring by the Justice Department for a period of three years.

Here’s DOJ’s announcement of the settlement.

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