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    The Denver Police Department in the US state of Colorado has agreed to make a $10,000 payment to settle a lawsuit for rejecting job applications of legal immigrants based on their citizenship status, US Department of Justice said in a press release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — DOJ said that the Denver Sheriff Department discriminated against work-authorized immigrants in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

    "Under the terms of the settlement agreement, [the Department] will pay $10,000 in civil penalties,"the release stated on Monday.

    From January, 2015 to March, 2016, the Denver police asked individuals, who were interested in deputy sheriff positions, to be US citizens in order to have their applications accepted.

    By imposing the limitations, the department violated INA's anti-discrimination provision that prohibits employers from treating work-eligible lawful residents differently than US citizens.

    According to the release, The Denver Police will have to reconsider applicants who could have been rejected due to citizenship requirement and revise its policies and procedures to comply with the anti-discrimination laws.


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