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DOJ: Arapahoe sheriff's hiring discriminated against non-citizens

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  • DOJ: Arapahoe sheriff's hiring discriminated against non-citizens

    The Justice Department will monitor the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office's hiring practices after an investigation showed the office was improperly disqualifying applicants who were not United States citizens.

    The sheriff's office has since told those rejected applicants that they can reapply for jobs and has agreed to revise its hiring procedures as a result of the federal probe, the results of which were announced Friday.

    The agency's investigation came after a senior deputy, Teresa Garcia, claimed in a federal lawsuit that she was fired because the sheriff's office could not confirm her citizenship.

    Garcia is a citizen, but the only documentation on file at the sheriff's office was her work-authorization. Garcia had expressed concerns about the way other deputies were treating Hispanic detainees in the days before she was fired, the lawsuit said.

    She was later reinstated after proving her citizenship.

    The federal Immigration and Nationality Act says hiring restrictions based on citizenship status must be the result of law or government mandate, not internal policies, the Justice Department said.

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