On August 22nd, the Sikh Coalition and our allies at the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona (ACLU-AZ) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) were joined by more than 160 civil rights, immigration, religious, advocacy, and other organizations in submitting a letter
to Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Alejandro Mayorkas regarding the continued mistreatment of Sikhs and other religious migrants at our southern border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers.
As a reminder, in June and July, news
began to emerge that CBP officers were confiscating Sikh migrants’ turbans and other possessions and throwing them in the trash. The Sikh Coalition joined the ACLU-AZ and ACLU to take action by sending a letter
to DHS in early August; we were also proud to support a letter
by Reps. Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Judy Chu (D-CA) demanding answers about CBP’s treatment of Sikhs and other religious migrants, and we continue to provide information to members of the media working to spotlight this issue.
Per public reporting, an investigation of this misconduct is currently underway. The Sikh Coalition and our allies remain in conversations with government officials pressing for transparency and accountability on this issue, and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.