Tuesday, June 02, 2015

27 Members of Congress Urge New AG To Help Strengthen Anti-Profiling Ban

Yesterday 27 members of Congress sent a letter (full text) to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch urging stronger limits on religious and ethnic profiling than are set out in December 2014 guidelines issued by her predecessor Eric Holder. While the 2014 guidelines for the first time extended anti-profiling restrictions to national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, and sexual orientation (see prior posting), yesterday's letter pointed out a number of weaknesses in those guidelines: they are only advisory and do not offer victims any remedy; they still permit surveillance in order to map and infiltrate Muslim communities based on religious identity; and they do not cover profiling at airports, borders or by state and local officials.  The letter urged Lynch to work with Congress to adopt a comprehensive federal anti-profiling program. [Thanks to Glenn Katon for the lead.]