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CAIR-MN Welcomes DHS Investigation Into TSA Profiling of Somali-Americans

CAIR MN logo(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 5/5/2016) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) today welcomed a decision by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) to open an investigation into an allegation of profiling by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). 

SEE: Homeland Security Investigating after Reports of Racial Profiling at MSP

A TSA manager in Minnesota revealed that he was instructed by his supervisor to provide the names of Somali-American leaders visiting the agency's office so they could be screened against national security databases for terrorist ties.

SEE: Inspector General Opens Investigation of Alleged Profiling by the Transportation Security Administration   

“We welcome this investigation and hope it results in the accountability and transparency needed to rebuild trust in the Minnesota TSA,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Racial and religious profiling is unconstitutional, immoral, ineffective, and undermines the core principals of our democracy.”

CAIR-MN and Muslim community leaders had called for just such an investigation.

SEE: Minneapolis Somali-American and Muslim Leaders Speak Out Against Racial Profiling   

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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CONTACT: CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612-406-0070, jhussein@cair.com; and CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com

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