Conyers condemns discriminatory INS deportation policy


Rep. John Conyers, Jr, Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement in response to reports that the Justice Department will focus on Middle Easterners who have not complied with
deportation orders:


"We must have a rational law enforcement policy to ensure that people who are issued deportation orders actually leave the country. The fact that there are over 300,000 people in the United States who have ignored deportation orders is indicative of INS's lack of resources to enforce our immigration laws. However, it is un-American to single out individuals for more aggressive law enforcement scrutiny on the basis of race, sex or national origin without evidence of criminal behavior.


A policy that focuses on finding people based on their national origin is short sighted as it will fail to meet its desired result - to protect America from terrorism. The Justice Department should not be using racial
profiling; rather it should treat people in similar circumstances equally. This decision by the Justice Department is just one more in a long list of decisions that use race or ethnicity as a determinative factor
to guide law enforcement rather than focusing on specific evidence of criminal behavior."