The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 3, 2013

Homeland Security's become law unto itself

Muslim Americans are being treated poorly at our borders. An NPR radio program, On the Media, recently told the experiences of two groups of Muslim citizens who were returning to the United States from a wedding in Toronto.

At both Niagara Falls and Detroit, they were detained for six hours and had electronic devices confiscated. One member of the party was singled out and pat searched every 15 minutes.

Other Muslim travelers, including children, also have been demeaned and psychologically abused by agents from Homeland Security at border crossings.

We abused Black and Native Americans in the United States for centuries and have now added another minority group to scapegoat. Politicians and cable news outlets that exploit these prejudices are encouraging these anti-democratic practices.

We are concerned that this agency, Homeland Security, has become a law unto itself with little meaningful oversight.

Mary and Dr. John Kluge

New Ulm

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