Blog of Rights


New Venue, Same Game: Racial Profiling

By Jasmine Elliott, Washington Legislative Office & Laura W. Murphy, Director, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 4:22pm
The Arizona immigration law is poised to inflame the already widespread problem of racial profiling in the United States. This law, S.B. 1070, would require law enforcement officers to investigate a person's citizenship status if they think that the person could be in the country unlawfully. This is a clear invitation to racial profiling, and because of this new law, more people will be put into jails and the criminal justice system merely because of their race or ethnicity. When law enforcement is invited to question people based on appearance and without evidence of criminal activity, dire consequences occur.

Racial Profiling Is Ineffective, Distracting, and Detrimental to Public Safety

By Jasmine Elliott, Washington Legislative Office at 2:16pm

Racial profiling is "a sloppy, lazy substitute" for actual policing, said Professor Deborah Ramirez from Northeastern University School of Law, at a House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties hearing…

What Has Your Congress Been Up To?

By Jasmine Elliott, Washington Legislative Office at 2:57pm

The representatives and senators of Congress are returning from a week-long recess. Their break probably entailed a little rest and relaxation and a lot of campaign strategizing. With the November mid-term elections in sight, they are coming into…

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