Officials target Muslim-Americans at U.S. border

By Hasnae May

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials are issuing a questionnaire released last month by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to American citizens at borders entering the United States. Questions relate to martyrdom and houses of worship.

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Questions include “Have you participated in any formal religious training or schooling?” and “Do you have any relatives or friends who have been martyred fighting in the defense of your beliefs?”

The DHS holds unseen documents connected to the questionnaire, as they “reveal the purpose and investigative reasons for the interviews in which the questionnaire was used”, according to a DHS official.

The document’s purpose is “to provide guidance to special agents who are called upon to conduct a certain type of investigatory review of persons”, said deputy executive associate director of homeland security investigations for ICE, Derek Benner.

Dawud Walid, executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan Chapter (CAIR-MI) said, ‘Federal laws enforcement in America continues to treat its own Muslim citizens like a suspect community.  We have received complaints of very specific religious questions being asked of Muslims reentering their own country.’

Dawud Walid expressed that these questions were designed to interrogate Muslims further commenting, ‘I’ve never heard of a Jewish American or Catholic American being asked if their families have any martyrs.’

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