Report Reveals Unprecedented Profiling of Muslims in America

May 7, 2004

Source: The News India-Times

On May 7, 2004 The News India-Times reported, "Racial profiling of South Asians and people of Muslim or Arab descent, has taken on new dimensions, according to the New York Advisory Committee (NYAC) to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, an independent, bipartisan agency of the federal government. In its report submitted recently to USCCR, the NYAC asserts that while it was necessary for the government to take some steps to counter terrorist threats after 9-11,'some actions have adversely affected the civil rights of immigrants and nonimmigrants, particularly members of Muslim, Arab and South Asian communities.' The policies of particular concern are the federal government’s expanded authority to detain nonimmigrants without charge, to hold detainees with no possibility of release on bond, and, when final deportation orders have been issued, to subject detainees to prolonged confinement, the NYAC asserts."