Liberals, Minorities In Congress Seek Strict U.S. Ban On Racial Profiling

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Leaders of liberal and minority caucuses in Congress are pushing to make sure new guidance on racial profiling planned by the Obama administration amounts to a strict ban on the practice and doesn’t leave loopholes, reports Politico. “It is critical that the revised guidance prohibit profiling based on race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identity,” the caucus leaders wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder. The new guidance “must also eliminate loopholes for border and national security, apply to state and local law enforcement agencies that partner with the federal government or receive federal finding, and cover surveillance activities.”

The Congressional Progressive Caucus, the Congressional Black Caucus, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus asked to meet with Holder and cited complaints from minority groups about what they view as unwarranted attention from law enforcement. Last week, FBI Director James Comey, asked whether the feds should avoid gathering demographic information that’s widely available to businesses and the public, gave an example that seemed to seek to set race aside and focus on national origin. “If there's a serious issue that arises in Country X, then it's important for me to understand so where are people who would know about Country X who I might be able to ask about what's going on in Country X,” he said. “So, us understanding where people live, where important concentrations of people from Country X might be is important and legitimate.”

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