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Thu June 30, 2011
Forum to discuss harassment and racial profiling by immigration officials
The Associated Press reports that Congressmen Hansen Clarke and John Conyers will hold a public forum in Detroit today on allegations of harassment and racial profiling by Customs Enforcement agents.
Michigan Radio's Sarah Hulett reported on some of the complaints last month, with some saying immigration officials in unmarked SUVs were monitoring people near a school.
From Hulett's report:
The Detroit office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is under fire for what critics are calling aggressive and overzealous tactics.
ICE officials say they are concerned enough that they're reviewing a recent incident involving immigration agents.
But the union that represents agents is complaining that ICE isn't standing behind its officers.
From the Free Press:
About 40 people rallied in southwest Detroit on Saturday to protest what they say is a rise in racial profiling and harassment by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The rally at Clark Park was organized by the Alliance for Immigrants Rights & Reform Michigan. Some participants flashed signs to drivers at the intersection of Vernor and Scotten that said: "Stop Racial Profiling," "Stop the Abuse" and other pleas.
The Clarke and Conyers meeting is scheduled for today at the Hope of Detroit Academy.