Yesterday Seattle Weekly's Nina Shapiro provided an advanced look at a soon-to-be-released report by OneAmerica and the University of Washington's Center for Human Rights - the culmination of a year's worth of research regarding allegations of racial profiling and other abuses along the northern border.
According to an advance draft reviewed by Shapiro and Seattle Weekly, 63 of the 135 stories collected in the report concern alleged racial profiling - that is the questioning of people simply because they look like immigrants. Such profiling is illegal. Border Patrol agents are, like other law enforcement officers, required to have probable cause before detaining anyone.
The post inspired commenter wadegraham to weigh in:
Arresting kids and moms doesn't make me feel any safer. Is this what our post-9/11 investments have brought us? Tearing apart families that drive with a loud muffler?
The evidence is right in front of us. Border Patrol should meet with these residents and advocates and figure out a sensible way to provide border security, not harass communities. And they shouldn't be answering 911 calls, that's ridiculous. Where's the funding for local police to provide emergency services?