(SOUTHFIELD, MI, 9/12/07) – The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MI) is troubled by a measure that would encourage profiling of anyone in Michigan who looks like an immigrant by local government employees, including local law enforcement officers.
Representative Kim Meltzer’s (R-Clinton Township) “Sanctuary Policy Prohibition Act” would prohibit a recent anti-profiling ordinance that the Detroit City Council passed and any future ordinances in other municipalities.
In May of this year, Detroit was the first municipality in Michigan to pass an ordinance prohibiting city employees from inquiring into a person’s citizenship status based upon their race or ethnic/religious attire.
“It is unfortunate that instead of cultivating better racial and religious relations, some elected officials seek to cast suspicion on anyone who has darker colored skin or does not wear ‘traditional’ Western attire,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Such measures invite civil rights violations and harassment of tax-paying American citizens."
CAIR has 33 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. 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.
CONTACT: CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid, 248-842-1418, or firstname.lastname@example.org