Muslim-Americans Sue U.S. Over Detention, Fingerprint Policies
The ACLU has teamed with other organizations to file the first lawsuit against the U.S. over detention of Muslim-Americans crossing the border. In this case, a group of American citizens of the Islamic faith were returning to the U.S. from a religious conference in Toronto.
The New York Civil Liberties Union, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Council on American-Islamic Relations in simultaneous news conferences in Buffalo and Brooklyn today announced a lawsuit charging that the Department of Homeland Security singled out and violated the rights of American citizens who were returning from a religious conference in Toronto. The lawsuit was filed to challenge the DHS’s policy of detaining, interrogating, fingerprinting and photographing American citizens who are Muslim, solely because they attended an Islamic conference.
“None of the citizens who were detained had done anything unlawful, nor were they charged with any unlawful act,” said Donna Lieberman, Executive Director of the NYCLU. “It is very troubling that citizens who were exercising their First Amendment rights were singled out because of their faith and attending the conference.”
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