December 20, 2012 (Washington, DC) – Led by California Congresswoman Judy Chu, Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, 32 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to the TSA yesterday calling on the agency to address concerns about racial and religious profiling.
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Noting that many Sikhs are set aside for secondary screening 100 percent of the time, even after passing through body scanners without incident, the letter calls on TSA to undertake an independent audit of its screening practices to determine if travelers are being subjected to racial and religious profiling. In recent months, TSA has come under scrutiny for its treatment of minority travelers in New Jersey, Hawaii and Massachusetts.
Significantly, the letter from Congress references internal TSA documents obtained last year by the Sikh Coalition and the law firm Covington and Burling showing that TSA has the capacity to pursue an independent audit of its screening practices.
The Sikh Coalition is grateful to Congresswoman Chu and her colleagues for working with the Sikh Coalition to speak out against racial and religious profiling, and to the Sikh community for making calls to Congressional offices to create awareness about these issues.
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