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DOJ finds widespread discrimination against Latinos by East Haven Police Department

" DOJ released its findings regarding anti-Latino profiling and discrimination by the EHPD. As with the DOJ report last week on Maricopa County, DOJ makes detailed findings of unconstitutional activity, indicates it will proceed with litigation if a judicially-enforceable consent decree...

Arpaio down by 2; bottom of the ninth

"U.S. District Judge G. Murray Snow set up Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for a knockout in his latest ruling on a racial-profiling lawsuit. Snow's ruling in the Melendres Vs. Arpaio case eviscerates the sheriff's office for its record-shredding tactics, noting that deputies...

FBI arrests 4 Conn. police; racial profiling against Latinos charged

"The FBI arrested four police officers just before dawn Tuesday morning, alleging a conspiracy that one official called “a cancerous cadre” of “bullies with badges” to deprive some residents, particularly Latinos, of their constitutional rights. The four officers were...

Stop the Immigration Profiling

"The President should declare that -- unless affirmatively mandated by law -- the federal immigration agencies shall: Judge people seeking immigration benefits or relief from removal as individuals, based on the merit or demerit of their factual and legal circumstances. Refrain...

Dreaming in Arizona: Can Prosecutorial Discretion Co-Exist With 'Show Me Your Papers?'

"It is indeed unfortunate that despite noting the role of the federal government in formulating immigration policy, the Court did not, at least for the moment, invalidate 2(B), which essentially legalizes racial profiling. ... It does not require a crystal ball to imagine that 2(B), if enforced...

Justice Department: North Carolina Sheriff Targeted Latinos

Associated Press : "A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice has found that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminated against Latinos by making unwarranted arrests with the intent of maximizing deportations. In an 11-page report issued Tuesday , the federal...

Asian-Americans Also Profiled in Arizona

"Jim Shee says he never experienced discrimination, let alone racial profiling, until his 70th birthday. Shee, a Paradise Valley, Ariz., real-estate investor of Chinese and Spanish descent, was driving to meet friends for lunch on April 6, 2010, his birthday, when he stopped on a side street in...

Georgia's Tough Immigration Law Takes Effect; Can Profiling Be Far Behind?

"Georgia state and local police may start enforcing one of the most controversial parts of the state’s immigration law for the first time now that a federal judge has lifted a legal hold he placed on it. The law gives police the option to investigate the immigration status of suspects they...

Policing Immigration

"Immigration enforcement is increasingly integrated with local policing. This trend accelerated four years ago when the federal government launched “Secure Communities,” a program designed to check the immigration status of every person arrested by local police. The government views...

Federal Court Rules Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Violated Constitution

"Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on racial profiling and illegal detentions to target Latinos , a federal district court said today. The ruling comes following a three-week trial in July and August 2012 over a pattern of unlawful practices by Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s...

Official Profiling of Perceived Muslims Persists, Years After 9/11: Cyrus Mehta

" One would like to think that in 2013, this wholesale profiling against people because of their nationality or religion would have stopped, but a little known program known as Controlled Application Review and Resolution Program or CARRP since 2008 has been targeting some applicants who are Muslim...

Judge Orders Monitor Appointed to Oversee Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio

"A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a monitor be appointed to oversee the work of hardline Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to ensure that his officers no longer use racial profiling in stops of Latino drivers in a crackdown on illegal immigration. U.S. District Judge Murray Snow had in May ordered...

Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Montana Highway Patrol

"On October 7, 2013, the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”) and four representative plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana against Colonel Tom Butler, sued in his official capacity as acting Chief Administrator of the Montana Highway...

Alarming Rise of Community Immigration Raids in New Orleans: Report

"A report released today by the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) revealed an Obama Administration pilot program of race-based community immigration raids that is devastating New Orleans—and warned that it may become the “new normal” for immigrant communities...

Arpaio's Profiling Costs Taxpayers $21M

"Taxpayers in metropolitan Phoenix are expected to pay out an estimated $21 million over the next year and a half for changes ordered in response to a court ruling that found an Arizona sheriff's office racially profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols. Maricopa County...

ICE's High-Tech Dragnet Enables Profiling

"A single scan of his finger landed Gomez in a federal detention center, and he’s now awaiting word on whether he’ll be deported. But his encounter inside the vehicle would otherwise leave no traces -- no record of his arrest, or of why officers stopped him, and no proof, other than...

Trouble With Profiling: Jude Joffe-Block

"[M]ore and more, the U.S. Supreme Court has been granting law enforcement broad discretion in deciding what facts justify a stop. In USA v. Arvizu in 2002 , for example, the Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s decision to throw out a stop where a Border Patrol agent had relied on seemingly...

How American Children Lose Respect for the Border Patrol

"I am a green card-carrying resident alien who was born in Brazil. I’ve lived in the United States for over two decades. Yet I’m still held in airports or scrutinized by police because of anti-immigrant laws like SB 1070 in Arizona, which requires authorities to detain immigrants if...

Racial Profiling at Arizona Border Checkpoint: Report

"An Arivaca residents group called for an investigation of alleged racial profiling by U.S. Border Patrol agents at the checkpoint on Arivaca Road outside of Amado, based on a report it produced on volunteers’ monitoring of the checkpoint. The new report from People Helping People in the...

Border Patrol Stops, Arrests Many - Including Americans - Far From Border

"Most Texans probably think of the Border Patrol as doing what the agency’s name suggests: interrupting illegal activity along the line separating the U.S. from Mexico. Yet over the last decade, agents have regularly made arrests deep inside Texas, according to an American-Statesman investigation...

FOIA Lawsuit Against CBP Seeks Ohio Profiling Records

"This week students from Ohio State University’s Civil Law Clinic and the Ohio legal services group Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. (ABLE) jointly sued the Border Patrol in a continued attempt to gather documents about the agency’s immigration policing practices in northern...

Racial Profiling Banned...Except at the Border

GUIDANCE FOR FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES REGARDING THE USE OF RACE, ETHNICITY, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, OR GENDER IDENTITY [T]his Guidance does not apply to interdiction activities in the vicinity of the border, or to protective, inspection, or screening activities...

DOJ Loses Border Turf Battle to DHS Over Profiling

"Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder expressed disappointment Monday that the U.S. border is exempt from his new racial profiling ban, after the Department of Homeland Security rejected his plan as too risky. ... In a conference call with law enforcement officials Monday afternoon, the attorney...

Montana Highway Patrol and Plaintiffs Settle Litigation over Traffic Stops, Profiling

"The Montana Department of Justice announced an agreement with plaintiffs to resolve a lawsuit that challenged the manner in which the Montana Highway Patrol (MHP) handled traffic stops involving people suspected of being in the U.S. illegally. This morning's agreement was reached between Attorney...

Ninth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Profiling: Melendres II

"The panel affirmed in part and vacated in part the district court’s permanent injunction and remanded in an action against Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office alleging that defendants have a custom, policy and practice of racially profiling Latino drivers...