Originally published by Todd Spangler for the Detroit Free Press

WASHINGTON – A watchdog group is suing U.S. Customs and Border Protection in federal court in Detroit to find out if government agents are racially profiling American citizens and foreigners legally in the U.S. under a law that allows for warrantless searches across Michigan to combat illegal immigration.

Saying that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has refused to provide detailed stop and detention records, complete apprehension logs and copies of agency policies, the American Civil Liberties Union asked a judge today to order their release, arguing that redacted records the group has already received show 4 out of every 10 people stopped in the agency's Detroit sector from 2012-2014 were either citizens or foreigners legally in the U.S.

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