The Fourth Amendment requires individualized suspicion for search, seizure, and arrest. However, law enforcement agencies throughout the US routinely stop, search, and harass people based on their race, religion or other personal characteristic. Stop-and-frisks and “driving while black” are infamous for unjustly targeting African Americans; “show me your papers” immigration enforcement laws overtly target Latinos; and airport security and counterterrorism officers routinely single out Muslims and people of Arab and South Asian descent.
Sessions has spent his career undermining the rights of people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, religious minorities, and people with disabilities. And he’s no friend of civil liberties either.
There’s no Senate confirmation required for retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. He’s in, and we can only hope he doesn’t make the phrase “in like Flynn” mean terrible things for our national security. He has extreme opinions, is unpredictable, and doesn’t have a great grasp on reality.
More Than 50 House Democrats Call on Obama Admin to Completely Dismantle Discriminatory NSEERS Registration System Before New Aministration Begins
The Obama Administration effectively ended the program in 2011; however, the apparatus remains. House Democrats are calling for the NSEERS regulatory framework to be eliminated.
We can’t count on Congress to be a check on a gross overreach of Executive Branch powers. But we can look to our own local governments. We can draw a line in the sand around our towns, cities, counties and even a few states. The wall of resistance starts at home.