Tuesday, January 21, 2014
According to a New York Times report, the U.S. Department of Justice will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations The move responds to criticism from civil rights groups claiming that federal authorities have singled out Muslims in terrorism investigations and Latinos for immigration investigations. The Bush administration issued guidelines in 2003, but the ban came with two caveats: It did not apply to national security and border integrity cases, and it covered only race, not religion, ancestry or other factors. For analysis of the Bush racial profiling guidlines, click here.
We will see how (and if) the new policy addresses racial profiling in immigration enforcement, which, as discussed in this article, has been endorsed by the U.S. Supreme Court.