ACLU Sues Border Patrol for Racial Profiling at the Canadian Border

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Border problems… at the northern border? Yep. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint against the U.S. Border control after two Latinos and a black man were "unjustifiably" stopped in Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, an area close to Canada, reports Reuters. The complaint was filed in Seattle on Thursday.

Two of the men are prison corrections officers, and one was even wearing his uniform, when they were stopped (in separate instances). ACLU maintains that the stops for each individual were based solely on the fact that each individual was “a person of color based on his complexion and hair color.” The ACLU seeks a class-action status for the lawsuit, so it would apply to all other residents of the Olympic Peninsula.

Richard Sinks, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told Reuters that his agency “strictly prohibits” profiling based on race or religion. In the past decade, The Olympic Peninsula border patrol has increased from three agents to forty-three.

What do you think? Is racial profiling inevitable in border patrolling? How can the U.S. do better?

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