Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 28, 2012
The Muslim Legal Fund of America, a civil liberties legal fund, joined a coalition of 275 immigration advocates, human rights advocates, civil liberties advocates, and members of community groups and faith-based organizations in a letter to President Barack Obama expressing concerns over immigration enforcement during his first term and outlining priorities for reforms in immigration enforcement policies for his second term.
In the letter, the organizations call on the Obama Administration to take positive steps towards eliminating policies that result in racial profiling and other civil liberty violations. Of particular concern for representatives from MLFA are policies that enable law enforcement to select individuals for investigation primarily on the basis of their religious affiliation, national origin or ethnic background.
"We've seen too many law-abiding Muslim immigrants be victimized by law enforcement agents who delay naturalization paperwork, target Muslims for unwarranted investigations and exploit the vulnerabilities of immigration status to coerce people into compromising activities," said Khalil Meek, Executive Director of MLFA. "We hope to see the Obama Administration change course and move toward a more fair, humane and pro-family set of immigration policies."
Other organizations who signed the letter include the American Civil Liberties Union, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Organization for Women, Rights Working Group, and United States Humans Rights Network. To see the full text of the letter and the complete list of signatories, please visit http://bit.ly/mlfa275.
The Muslim Legal Fund of America (MLFA) is a national civil liberties legal fund that defends the U.S. Bill of Rights by supporting legal cases that involve civil liberty encroachments. Established in 2001, MLFA has defended freedom of speech, freedom of religion, right to a fair trial, due process of law and many of our nation's civil liberties. To learn more about MLFA, visit their website at http://www.mlfa.org.