Texas Congressman Calls Racial Profiling "Common Sense"
On March 4th, during a Congressional hearing reviewing the Transportation Security Administration's 2011 Fiscal Year budget, Representative John Culberson, R-Texas, 7th District (Houston), demanded to know why the US Government refused to engage in racial and religious profiling when screening passengers at airports.
Rep. Culberson termed the decision of the US Government not to engage in racial or religious profiling "disturbing[,]. . .something that needs to change[, and that]. . .defies common sense." He wondered what federal law could justify a policy against profiling. He further added that subjecting all persons who fly to security screening "is very frustrating" and that screeners should "zero in on the population that's the problem", persons perceived to be Muslim.
SALDEF expressed these concerns in a letter to Rep. Culberson. To read our letter to Rep. Culberson click here.
You can download the SALDEF letter of concern. See our attachment.
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