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Coalition Partners Send Letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Protecting Civil Rights and Liberties

On September 15, 2021, the Brennan Center and twenty-one other organizations sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, urging the Department to adopt several recommendations to address persistent civil rights and civil liberties concerns.

Published: September 15, 2021

The letter was sent as a follow-up to a discus­sion between Secret­ary Mayor­kas and letter signat­or­ies regard­ing concerns ranging from the Depart­ment’s policy on racial profil­ing to a lack of trans­par­ency around data collec­tion and shar­ing to efforts to predict acts of domestic terror­ism. Specific­ally the letter makes five requests of the Depart­ment, includ­ing to:

  1. Review and revise the Depart­ment’s non-discrim­in­a­tion and racial profil­ing guid­ance;
  2. Map and make public (1) the vari­ous kinds of inform­a­tion collec­ted by the Depart­ment, (2) the legal author­ity for collec­tion and reten­tion, (3) the purposes for which it is used, (4) how it flows within the Depart­ment and to other agen­cies and foreign govern­ments, and (5) the impact of that collec­tion, reten­tion, and shar­ing on civil rights and liber­ties;
  3. Review the Depart­ment’s wide­spread surveil­lance and use of social media;
  4. Assess the Depart­ment’s purchase and collec­tion of data from third parties; and
  5. Crit­ic­ally eval­u­ate the Depart­ment’s programs that claim to predict or prevent viol­ence includ­ing domestic terror­ism.

See below for the full letter.

 

Coali­tion Part­ners Send Letter to Home­land Secur­ity Secret­ary Alejandro Mayor­kas on Protect­ing Civil Rights… by The Bren­nan Center for Justice on Scribd