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CAIR-Chicago: Groups Seek ‘Profiling’ Clarification From Rep

CAIR-CHICAGO: GROUPS SEEK ‘PROFILING’ CLARIFICATION FROM REP

(CHICAGO, IL 11/03/06)- The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations announced today that it has issued a letter, along with several other diverse organizations, demanding a clarification from Congressman Jerry Weller (R-IL, 11th congressional district) on his recent comments about racial profiling.

In a recent debate against his opponent John Pavich, Congressman Weller remarked: “if we know a Middle Eastern male has entered our community, I believe our law enforcement needs to be able to go out and look for Middle Eastern males, if that Middle Eastern male was part of a jihadist movement and part of a terrorist threat to our nation,” when asked what he would do about racial profiling.

Sadiya Ahmed, CAIR-Chicago Governmental Relations Coordinator, said that the practice of racial profiling “creates a cycle of discrimination that is difficult to break out of.”

“Elected officials have the ability to protect the civil rights of their constituents,” remarked Ahmed. “Singling out a group of people, Middle Eastern men, and encouraging law enforcement to seek them out only encourages a dangerous climate of hate. Our representatives should be the ones protecting people against such mistreatment in the first place.”

Contact: Sadiya Ahmed at (312) 212-1520 / gov.relations@cairchicago.org

 

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