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Muslim profiling at US borders escalates during President Trump's first 100 days

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Masri reports that one customs officer who was deposed in the lawsuit testified that, "All customs officials attended a training that was offered by Customs [and Border Protection]. During that training session, the officers were specifically taught to determine how to know if a Muslim is religious or cultural."

Masri went on to explain that the officers testified that the trainers, "told [CBP officials] to look to the Muslim woman as an indicating factor. By the way she wears her hijab[headscarf]. If the hijab is a solid color, it indicates religiosity. If it's a patterned scarf, with colors, it's more likely that she is less religious. If a scarf is opaque, it is more likely you are religious. If it is transparent it's less likely you are religious. If you wear it tightly around your face, it is more likely you are religious. If you wear it loosely, it is more likely that you are a cultural Muslim. Based on these indicating factors, customs officials are instructed to pull you aside, detain you, and ask you religious questions."

The CAIR will release in May profiling cases data for the first quarter of 2017.

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