CAIR-MI: NEW HOTLINE FOR PROFILING AT THE BORDER - TOP
It's a new effort to help those who have been racially profiled at border crossings.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the FBI has implemented new guidelines that will allow agents to profile individuals for searches based on race and ethnicity at borders across the United States. The Detroit branch of the NAACP, ACCESS, CAIR and ACLU Wednesday launched a new hotline to report issues.
Dawud Walid, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said since the September 11th terror attacks there's been an increase in profiling, particularly focused on American Muslims at borders.
Walid claims personal property such as wallets and laptops have been taken from people, searched and -- in some cases -- have had information removed.
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CAIR: HOTLINE SET UP FOR REPORTING SUSPECTED PROFILING AT THE BORDER - TOP
Gregg Krupa, Detroit News, 12/10/08
A coalition of community and civil right groups announced today the establishment of a telephone hotline and Internet address for quick reporting of any incidents of suspected profiling at the U.S.-Canadian border.
The groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union-Michigan, citied the continual difficulty some Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent encounter at border crossings. They also said they would call upon elected officials soon to:
End the seizure of laptops and cell phones at the border without probable cause.
End the repeated detentions of U.S. citizens re-entering the United States from countries in the Middle East.
Hold hearings on the various issues at the border.
Exercise oversight of the FBI, which has been operating under new guidelines in national security cases since Dec. 1.
Beyond the concerns that Muslims, Arabs and South Asians have expressed about what they contend is profiling at the Ambassador and Blue Water bridges and the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the FBI on Dec. 1 established new guidelines authorizing a wide range of new investigative techniques, which it intends to initiate without evidence of wrongdoing. (MORE)