Sunday, August 13, 2017
Racial Profiling in Immigration Enforcement? Trump Administration Accused Of Falsely Saying Immigrant Teens Have Gang Ties
NPR reports on an American Civil Liberties Union class-action alleging that the Trump administration is falsely accusing immigrant teens of gang affiliations in a concerted effort to deport them. The ACLU claims that the U.S. government is unlawfully detaining immigrant teens from Suffolk County, New York based on unsubstantiated claims that they are members of transnational gangs. The civil rights group also says the young immigrants were detained without notice to their parents or lawyers, and without giving them a chance to challenge the allegations.
According to the lawsuit, the U.S. government is profiling Latino teens "as gang members based on the neighborhoods they live in and their countries of origin."