Petition to the Department of Justice to Stop Racial Profiling
Racial and religious profiling is a pervasive problem that affects many communities across the country.
While traditionally thought of as targeting the African American community, profiling affects a broad range of communities, including Native American, African American, Latino, Arab, Muslim and South Asian communities. Not only is racial and religious profiling humiliating and degrading for the people subjected to it, it is unconstitutional, it is an ineffective law enforcement practice, and it damages community security.
It is time to face the truth about the Department of Justice guidance on racial profiling. As written, the 2003 guidance has loopholes and omissions that allow for some of the very behavior the guidance is intended to regulate.
Sign the following petition to the DOJ to strengthen its guidelines.
I urge the Department of Justice to strengthen the 2003 guidance on racial profiling by ensuring it:
* Covers profiling based on religion and national origin;
* Eliminates the loopholes that allow profiling at borders and for "national security." While non-citizens do not have the same rights as citizens at the border, many Americans have been subjected to invasive secondary searches and detentions at borders and ports of entry because of their religion or national origin—in the name of national security;
* Applies to all federal law enforcement activity, including surveillance, enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and inspections by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA);
* Is enforceable; and
* Applies to every state or local law enforcement agency working in cooperation with federal agencies or receiving federal money.
The changes outlined above will strengthen the DOJ guidance and go a long way towards addressing racial profiling by federal law enforcement.