Stop Profiling Immigrants!
Have you ever been pulled aside for “extra screening” at the airport? Have you been accused of being a “gang member?” Have you been harassed by the police because of your race, religion, gender presentation, or sexual orientation?
Profiling based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity is completely legal when “national security” is at stake. At NQAPIA, we’re asking: “security” for who?
- Asian Americans, Southeast Asians, South Asians, and Pacific Islanders are profiled by local law enforcement and immigration officials.
- LGBTQ people are routinely harassed and made to feel unsafe because of gender presentation and sexual orientation.
- Trans* people, and especially transwomen, are especially subject to violence.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) currently has NO protections against profiling. DHS houses the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and other “national security” agencies. In 2014, President Obama replaced the regressive Secure Communities program with the new Priority Enforcement Program (PEP). PEP de-prioritizes certain communities and non-violent offenses in immigration enforcement, but it also re-prioritizes:
- People who “pose a danger to national security,”
- Those who are “suspected of terrorism,” and
- Those who have been “active . . . in a criminal street gang.”
Without protections against profiling, these terms of enforcement are guaranteed to continue profiling and criminalizing our LGBTQ API communities. In December, NQAPIA, along with many other national and local organizations, sent a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson outlining our concerns. Our demands included the following:
- Designate a clear definition of profiling, without exemption
- Create a clear process for proving profiling
- Revoke orders of deportation when profiling leads to wrongfully obtained evidence
We need your support!
Tell DHS Secretary Johnson to #StopProfilingImmigrants by signing a petition in support of our demands. Profiling and harassment should be illegal—and these practices should not lead to the detention or deportation of vulnerable communities.