Counterterrorism laws and policies that single out racial and religious minorities for scrutiny violate our country’s core values of equality and liberty.
Brennan Center for Justice fights for a fairer, smarter approach. We are leading a challenge to President Trump’s Muslim ban, which barred citizens of several predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. We also challenge extreme vetting rules, which unduly burden people seeking to travel to the U.S. and open the door for religious and ideological discrimination. We advocate for the Justice Department to prioritize the investigation and prosecution of serious crimes by white supremacists. We have sounded the alarm about ineffective counterterrorism policies that target minority communities, such as Countering Violent Extremism initiatives, which treat all American Muslims as security threats and are often surveillance programs in disguise.