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The Sikh Coalition News
December 8, 2014
  • Sikh Coalition Rejects Flawed and Misleading DOJ Racial Profiling Guidance

    December 8, 2014 (Washington, DC) – The Sikh Coalition, the largest Sikh advocacy organization in the United States, today condemned the Obama Administration’s new racial profiling guidance as flawed and misleading.

    Take Action: Click here to send a protest letter to President Obama and the U.S. Congress.

    Although the new guidance explicitly recognizes that discriminatory profiling is “unfair” and “ineffective,” and that biased practices “promote mistrust of law enforcement, and perpetuate negative and harmful stereotypes” – it still allows discriminatory profiling by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Both agencies are components of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the largest law enforcement agency in the federal government.

    “The guidance is like a used car with new paint. The car looks better, but once you look underneath the hood, you realize it’s unsafe to drive,” said Rajdeep Singh, Director of Law and Policy at the Sikh Coalition.

    Apart from leaving ethnic and religious minorities vulnerable to continuing discrimination, the new guidance does not apply to state and local law enforcement activities and will not address gaps in trust at the grassroots level between police and the communities they serve. Within hours of learning that the Guidance was deeply flawed, the Sikh Coalition moved to petition the White House and Congress, engaged media, sent a protest letter to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security, and incorporated our concerns into written testimony to the U.S. Senate for a Tuesday hearing on civil rights in America.

    While this news is a setback to the civil rights community, it’s also a reminder of how long the road to meaningful reform can be. We’re here for the long haul to fix this Guidance and pass meaningful legislation to eradicate racial profiling once and for all. Please support us in this work moving forward.

    Since the inception of TSA, the Sikh Coalition has led efforts to promote accountability at the agency, in particular by repeatedly demanding an independent audit of TSA screening practices to prevent discriminatory profiling. In response to persistent complaints of profiling from turbaned Sikhs at American airports, the Sikh Coalition in April 2012 launched a free smartphone app called FlyRights, which allows travelers of any background to file official complaints with the TSA. In the last year alone, the Sikh Coalition secured re-training of TSA personnel after the agency mistreated three turbaned Sikh travelers.

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