The ACLU of Michigan applauds Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin and Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who announced today that they sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, seeking a briefing about allegations of abuse and discrimination by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The letter comes after the ACLU published a 50-page report, “The Border’s Long Shadow: How Border Patrol uses Racial Profiling and Local and State Police to Target and Instill Fear in Michigan’s Immigrant Communities.” The ACLU report, which Raskin and Tlaib cite in their letter, describes how CBP’s Border Patrol, which defines the entire state to be within its jurisdiction, routinely stops, searches and detains people of Latin American origin, who are longtime residents. We look forward to DHS’s response to the report and the reforms that come from this briefing.
Bail Campaign Launch
ACLU MI Launches 2021 Smart Justice Bail Reform Campaign.