United States Kitsap Sun: Congressmen urge audit of Border Patrol

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    Picking up steam ... Locals don't appreciate the occupation force.

    Detroit News: Metro area activist groups join call for Border Patrol investigation
    Two local activist organizations joined U.S. Rep. Hansen Clarke (D-Detroit) and 10 other members of Congress calling for an independent investigation by the Government Accountability Office of allegations of abusive practices by Border Patrol agents. During a news conference by the Northern Border Coalition, the director of Alliance for Immigrants Rights-Michigan and the Executive Director Council of the Council on American-Islamic Relations — Michigan joined the coalition in asking for a "third party" probe into the practices of guards patrolling U.S. borders.

    Ryan Bates, the director of Alliance for Immigrants Rights' Michigan office, said the border patrol agencies are "incapable" of policing themselves and an independent third-party agency is needed to look into complaints that border guards are profiling people based on race, ethnicity and religion. "After years of internal investigations, it's become clear that Border Patrol can't police itself. Even former agents have come forward to confirm the problems with abuse," said Bates today. "It's time for an independent watchdog to help get Border Patrol under control, which is why we're so glad that eleven Members of Congress have called on the GAO to begin an investigation."

    Dawud Walid, the executive director of CAIR-Michigan, said his office has filed a lawsuit against the federal government after getting dozens of complaints about stops of local Muslims and others. The men alleged that they were handcuffed, had guns brandished at them by border guards and were subjected to "invasive" questioning about their religious practices by the guards.

    U.S. Reps. Adam Smith and Jim McDermott joined eight other members of Congress in signing a letter calling for an independent investigation into the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s authority to stop people and vehicles within 100 miles of the northern border. The letter instructs the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), to look into practices by Border Patrol agents, which they say target individuals on the basis of race or religion for extra scrutiny during border crossings and wrongful stops. It also claims that agents stop, interrogate and arrest legal U.S. residents many miles from the border.

    Cadillac News: Congress members urge audit of Border Patrol
    Signing the letter are representatives Charles Rangel, Yvette Clarke and Maurice D. Hinchey of New York; Jim McDermott and Adam Smith of Washington state; Gary Peters and Hansen Clarke of Michigan; Judy Chu and Pete Stark from California and Henry C. "Hank" Johnson of Georgia. Rep. John Conyers of Michigan sent his own letter, advocates said.

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