(WASHINGTON, D.C., 12/27/2015) — This week, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization, joined The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 80 other national and state organizations in calling on President Obama to address serious concerns about the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent revision of its “Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies” retaining loopholes that authorize DHS agencies to racially and religiously profile at airports and along the U.S. border and the FBI to “map” minority communities to place informants.
Calling on the president to make it clear once and for all that our government will not tolerate discriminatory policing practices, the letter urges the president to “make addressing these concerns a priority so that your administration's final policy and legacy truly upholds fair and equal treatment for all.”
Citing “serious flaws in the new Guidance,” the letter objects to:
“The new Guidance preserves the loopholes that allow for profiling at the airports and in vast border regions by excluding Customs and Border Protection ('CBP') and the Transportation Security Administration ('TSA') from its requirements.
“The new Guidance effectively allows the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) to continue its extensive data-gathering and “mapping” of racial, ethnic, and religious communities, a technique FBI Director James Comey recently admitted that the FBI uses.
“The new Guidance allows law enforcement to continue directing sources and informants to spy on particular communities based solely upon their protected characteristics–e.g., race, ethnicity or religion–regardless of any connection to criminal activity.
“The new Guidance does not take any steps to prohibit profiling by state and local law enforcement agencies, except while such agencies are participating in a 'federal law enforcement task force.'”
By addressing the loopholes in the new Guidance and its implementation issues, the letter states that the White House could eliminate discriminatory policing and profiling once and for all.
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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