Dec 5, 2014 11:14 PM
New guidelines to allow profiling in border checks
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) New racial profiling guidelines being announced by the Obama administration would exempt agents from the Homeland Security Department who do border checks and screen passengers at airports. But the guidelines, expected to be unveiled in coming days, would also restrict the ability of the FBI and other Justice Department law enforcement agencies to take into account religion, national origin and other characteristics, according to a U.S. official familiar with the plans.
The official said Friday night that the new guidelines exempt the Transportation Security Administration and also do not cover inspections at port of entry and interdictions at border crossings. The official was not authorized to discuss the guidelines by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.
"In essence, the guidance is a major improvement but it's not sufficient," said Laura Murphy, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office, who is familiar with the plans.
Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday night that he expected the new guidelines, which apply to federal law enforcement but not local police officers, would be announced in coming days.
The Bush administration in 2003 issued a policy banning routine racial profiling, but importantly, it created an exception for national security investigations. The new guidelines will expand the definition of racial profiling to ban the practice on the basis of religion, gender, national origin and sexual orientation, the official said.
The outline of the guidelines was first reported by The Washington Post on Friday night.