A common myth about Illinois House Bill 3751 is that it will allow undocumented immigrants to become police officers. This claim is NOT true. HB 3751 will only allow those who are legally eligible to work in the U.S. to become police officers.

Fact Check-Illinois bill only allows certain non-citizens to become police officers

Illinois House Bill 3751 only allows non-citizens who are eligible to work in the U.S. and are authorized to possess firearms under federal law to become police officers. Contrary to confusion on social media, the bill does not extend this right to all non-citizens or those who are not legally allowed to work in the country.

The text in one Facebook post (here) reads: “Illinois Governor signs bill allowing illegals to become police officers. This state continues to reward bad behavior. How is any law enforcement agency going to complete a thorough background check on someone here illegally? They CAN’T!”

“Illinois Governor signs bill allowing illegal aliens to become police officers and arrest US citizens,” reads another post (here).

Olivia Kuncio, a representative for Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, said in an email to Reuters that the claim being shared is “not true at all.”