Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | January 6, 2017 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) welcomes and supports the Protect American Families from Unnecessary Registration and Deportation Act of 2017, introduced by Senator Cory Booker. ADC welcomes the opportunity to work with Senator Booker, and all elected officials, on policies that impact the Arab American community.
The Protect American Families Act will help protect vulnerable communities from further marginalization, stigmatization and criminalization under profiling. Our country is not made safer by using profiling as a policing method — profiling is ineffective and unreliable. People should not be judged by how they look, where they came from, or how they pray.
Recently, President Obama rescinded the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS) regulatory framework that targeted males from Arab and Muslim majority countries for registration. The Protect American Families Act builds upon the Obama Administration’s actions, calling on Congress to prohibit the institution of a federally-funded registry that is facially discriminatory and targets individuals based on race, national origin, religion, and/or ethnicity.
ADC is fully committed to standing against any law enforcement measures which are based profiling. We will continue to work and protect our civil rights and liberties, and support initatives such as the Act introduced by Senator Booker.