One of the effects of this case, whatever its outcome, will be to make agents at the border extra-careful when inspecting Muslims: they will be careful not to do anything that might land them in a lawsuit. And so the ultimate result of this suit will be that Muslims will receive lighter scrutiny than non-Muslims at the U.S.-Canada border. And there is no problem with that at all, because everyone knows that Muslims never commit violence in the name of their faith.
“U.S. probe to look at border concerns of Muslims,” by Niraj Warikoo for the Detroit Free Press, May 7 (thanks to Mackie):
The U.S. government has launched an investigation into allegations that federal agents at several U.S.-Canada border crossings in Michigan repeatedly harassed, jailed and body searched Muslims because of their background or appearance.
In a letter sent this week to a local Muslim group, Margo Schlanger, the head of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Department of Homeland Security, said her office has received accounts of “repeated handcuffing, brandishing of weapons, prolonged detentions, invasive and humiliating body searches at the border, and inappropriate questioning that pertains to religion and religious practices.”
The complaints include incidents at the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit and the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron.
The investigation comes in response to complaints filed in March by the [Hamas-linked] Council on American-Islamic Relations with the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security.
The council said it was concerned that agents were even asking people about their prayer schedules.
Muslims, Arab Americans, south Asians and other minorities have complained for years about being harassed at border crossings. Now, some say it’s getting worse.
“It really makes you feel humiliated,” said Wissam Charafeddine, 34, of Dearborn, who says he gets repeatedly jailed at the border. “It doesn’t make you feel like you’re in America.”…