Homeland Security Watchdog to Probe TSA Racial ProfilingJeff Roberson/AP
The inspector general for the Homeland Security Department has opened an investigation of alleged racial profiling of Somalis at the Transportation Security Administration.
The watchdog on Thursday announced that a TSA employee had complained via a hotline that “his supervisor advised him to treat members of the Somali community differently from others who visit the Minneapolis TSA office.”
A large population of immigrants from Somalia have settled in the Minneapolis area, and that weakly governed East African nation continues to be a battleground for terrorists.
TSA has long sought to avoid unconstitutional racial stereotyping while screening airline passengers using confidential criteria. Last year, a checklist detailing some of the criteria was leaked to a media outlet.
The IG plans an investigation and, if warranted, a public report.
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