CAIR Action Alert #691: Tell Congress that Immigration Reform Should Ban All Forms of Profiling
Senate immigration bill fails to address profiling based on religion, national origin
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/25/13) -- CAIR welcomes last week’s immigration reform bill, S. 744, which provides a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Section 3305 of the bill is a valuable first step that requires expansion to protect the rights of all Americans from racial profiling by law enforcement – a problem that disproportionately impacts immigrant and minority communities.
While banning the use of race or ethnicity by federal law enforcement officers, S. 744 fails to prohibit profiling based on religion or national origin and includes troubling exemptions in cases of national security and border protection.
The bill also seeks an initial report from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies about data collected on racial profiling, but fails to require any long-term reporting systems or information on profiling based on religion or national origin.
For the past decade, thousands of Americans have been wrongfully targeted by federal and state law enforcement officials in the name of national security, immigration enforcement and border enforcement because of their race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin. They have been searched, investigated, and detained without cause.
CAIR expresses serious concern that S. 744 simply codifies into law the Department of Justice’s highly-criticized 2003 policy guidance on racial profiling, which also includes open-ended loopholes that allow federal law enforcement to profile on the basis of religion or national origin at the border and for reasons of national security.
“While the issue of banning federal law enforcement from profiling citizens on the basis of their religion and national origin is common sense and in line with core American Constitutional values, opponents of comprehensive immigration reform seek to enact various loopholes that permit racial and religious profiling to continue,” said CAIR Government Affairs Coordinator Robert McCaw.
CAIR has provided a "click and send" letter to contact your members of Congress and ask for their support in adopting comprehensive immigration reform -- reform that respects the rights and dignity of all persons residing in the U.S. and strengthens prohibitions against racial and religious profiling and inappropriate use of force.
Action Alert Letter to Congress:
Subject: Immigration Reform Should Include Bans on Religious & National Origin Profiling Without Exemptions
I agree with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) that Congress can wait no longer in passing comprehensive immigration reform.