Detroit Reps. Conyers, Clarke call on federal government to counter anti-Muslim sentiment
U.S. Reps. John Conyers and Hansen Clarke want the federal government to take an active role in countering anti-Muslim sentiment in the United States.
In a House resolution introduced last week, the Detroit Democrats urged federal investigators to avoid unconstitutional profiling and called for the government to target rhetorical attacks and violence against Muslim, Arab, Sikh and South Asian American communities.
“Communities should be protected from the threat of violence and suspicion that, for example, was at the heart of last January’s thwarted attack against the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn,” Conyers and Clarke said in a joint statement. “They should also be able to rely on law enforcement’s fundamental integrity and respect for First Amendments protected rights.
“Ultimately, the American Muslim community should be able to rely on the federal government to lead the effort in fostering an open climate of understanding and cooperation. Only through a balanced examination of the challenges facing the nation will we establish a strong policy framework for protecting security, while respecting the Constitution and the interests of affected communities.”
The resolution comes in the wake of complaints from several Metro Detroit Muslim Americans who say they were harassed, searched, groped or jailed without reason when crossing into Michigan from Canada.
The complaints prompted a probe by the Department of Homeland Security’s office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, while last week’s resolution was sent to the House Judiciary Committee, which Conyers chairs, for review.
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