Hotline Set Up for Reporting Suspected Profiling at the Border

December 10, 2008

Author: Gregg Krupa

Source: The Detroit News

A coalition of community and civil right groups announced today the establishment of a telephone hotline and Internet address for quick reporting of any incidents of suspected profiling at the U.S.-Canadian border.

The groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union-Michigan, citied the continual difficulty some Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent encounter at border crossings. They also said they would call upon elected officials soon to:

• End the seizure of laptops and cell phones at the border without probable cause. • End the repeated detentions of U.S. citizens re-entering the United States from countries in the Middle East. • Hold hearings on the various issues at the border. • Exercise oversight of the FBI, which has been operating under new guidelines in national security cases since Dec. 1.