The Fourth Amendment requires individualized suspicion for search, seizure, and arrest. However, law enforcement agencies throughout the US routinely stop, search, and harass people based on their race, religion or other personal characteristic. Stop-and-frisks and “driving while black” are infamous for unjustly targeting African Americans; “show me your papers” immigration enforcement laws overtly target Latinos; and airport security and counterterrorism officers routinely single out Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent.
Travelers to the U.S., and even returning citizens are facing more intrusive questions, including demands to handover passwords. But fishing expeditions at the border do nothing to enhance national security.
Hirono Introduces Resolution to Honor Fred Korematsu, Denounce Trump Targeting of Muslim & Minority Communities
Take action: ask your Senators to co-sponosor a resolution honoring Fred Korematsu and denouncing Trump’s executive order establishing a Muslim ban.
Advocates Urge Delay of Sessions Vote to Examine His Role with President’s Executive Orders and Proposals
187 national advocacy groups are calling for the committee vote on the Jeff Sessions nomination for Attorney General to be delayed given the lack of information on how Senator Sessions views and intends to implement the many executive orders that have been signed since his hearing. Collegiality for Senator Sessions has no place in this inquiry.
Sessions has spent his career undermining the rights of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, religious minorities, and people with disabilities. And he’s no friend of civil liberties either.