November 28, 2016
By Bob Cox
Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.
I will be damned if I can figure out where our top-heavy, regulation oriented, United States Government is headed. It seems that, more and more, the bureaucrats are making worse and worse decisions.
It also seems to me that Colorado is all to often on the top of the headlines for some stupid reason.
The latest goofball turn of events is that the Denver Sheriff’s Office was fined by the U.S. Department of Justice for making U.S. citizenship a qualification for being hired as a deputy sheriff.
Let me clarify one thing before I go on: The Denver Sheriff’s Office is not typical of the rest of the state. Denver is both a city and a county and does not elect a sheriff as their chief law enforcement officer. Sheriff’s deputies in Denver County are responsible for maintaining the jail, transporting prisoners and serving civil process. Sheriff Patrick Firman is an appointee of the City and County of Denver. That being said, the deputies are Colorado law enforcement officers.
So, some guy goes to the Sheriff’s Office (probably through the Denver City and County Human Services) and applies for a job. He is turned down because he is not a citizen and evidently is not fluent in English. The Justice Department, through the Civil Rights Division gets involved. Ultimately, Sheriff Firman enters into an agreement with Alberto Ruisanchez, the deputy special counsel in the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices. The Sheriff’s Office agrees to pay a $10,000 fine, but they agreed to a whole lot more.
Under the agreement, the S.O. will go through all job applications received from non-citizens and offer them another opportunity for employment “with no consideration of their citizenship status.” They are also agreeing to provide certain printed material in “applicant’s preferred language.”
This all means that a person whose English is so deficient that he (or she) has to have printed material in another language is expected to communicate efficiently with a population of inmates, the majority of whom speak English. He (or she) will be expected to transport prisoner to and from jail and to and from the courts and I suppose have a laptop with a version of Rosetta Stone in seven languages on the dash of the transport vehicle, for which they will probably be criticized for using because it distracts them from their driving, which they may not be able to do legally because they didn’t get a driver’s test in Archi.
Another twist on this whole thing is that a provision of Section 8 of the United States Code, which is the one supposedly violated by DSO, provides that it is not a violation to “hire, recruit, or refer an individual who is citizen or nation of the United Stated over another individual who is an alien if the two individuals are equally qualified.” In my evidently screwed up mind it would seem that the applicant who speaks English has an edge here. But that is just my opinion.
By the way, Archi is considered by many scholars to be the least known language in the world and is spoken only in a small village of just over 1,000 people who live in Southern Russia on the Caspian Sea. Putting up a “Right To Work Poster” in Archi could be difficult because one verb could have more than 1.5 million conjugations.
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© Robert R. Cox 2016