Justice Department to Expand Limitations on Racial Profiling

“The Justice Department will significantly expand its definition of racial profiling to prohibit federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations,” according to the New York Times.

“It is not clear whether [Attorney General] Holder also intends to make the rules apply to national security investigations, which would further respond to complaints from Muslim groups.”

“While the rules directly control only federal law enforcement activities, their indirect effect is much broader … For instance, immigration bills in Congress have copied the Justice Department profiling language. And civil rights groups can use the rules to pressure state and local agencies to change their policies.”