Even though the Obama administration is going to declare new rules regarding the use of racial profiling at airports by federal agents, officials announced on Friday that many agents and officers from the Department of Homeland Security will continue the racial profiling at airports and on the United States southwestern border.
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. is anticipated to detail next week the new revisions for racial profiling in the Justice Department and ban its use for the first time from the national security cases. Officials also said that the new changes will also enhance the meaning of profiling in order of preventing agents of the FBI from taking into consideration national origin and religion when starting cases.
However, according to officials of the law enforcement, after acute arguments among officials at the top, the administration will relieve a wide area of DHS, vital parts of the United States Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration to be exact.
In 2003 George W. Bush banned racial profiling but this did not apply to investigations regarding national security and did not cover national origin, sexual orientation or religion. All of these categories will be included in the new policy.
DHS officials have in the recent month pressed the Justice Department and the White House to permit exceptions for agencies of the DHS such as the Custom and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the TSA. For example, the Custom and Border Protection will still be able to use racial profiling when performing inspections at the ports of entry in the country.
Various DHS officials have also called into question the authority of the Justice Department to enforce policies for a separate federal agency.
“We tend to have a very specific clientele that we look for. If you look at numbers, the vast majority of people we deal with are Hispanic. Is that profiling, or just the fact that most of the people who come into the country happen to be Hispanic?’’
A federal official said with condition of anonymity.
Holder said he would reveal new rules regarding racial profiling very soon.
“In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement. This will institute rigorous new standards and robust safeguards to help end racial profiling, once and for all. This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.”