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)