Guantanamo, immigration top ACLU agenda for Obama's second term

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Closing the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and preventing racial profiling in immigration enforcement top the American Civil Liberties Union's agenda (.pdf) for President Obama's second term.

One hundred sixty-six detainees remain at Guantanamo Bay, some of whom have been cleared for release since the mid-2000s. While the ACLU does note that Congress has restricted the administration's ability to relocate detainees and close the facility, it also urges Obama to veto legislation that imposes those kinds of restrictions.

Obama should also transfer the detainees it doesn't intend to release to the Justice Department and charge them in federal criminal court, the ACLU says.

On immigration, the group calls for an end to programs such as Secure Communities and 287(g) agreements that let federal immigration authorities partner with local governments. Those programs, the ACLU says, have enabled racial profiling and the deportation of immigrants who pose no threat to public safety.

The 300-plus-page agenda features about a dozen priorities directed at the Homeland Security Department. Most involve immigration: alternatives to detention, ending family separation, and the suspension of the e-Verify program, for example.

But the DHS section also highlights aviation security issues. Pat-downs from Transportation Security Administration officers should be reduced, behavioral detection should give way to an investigation of racial profiling, and the Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response program should end,  the ACLU says.

For more:
- download the document, "A Civil Liberties Agenda To Move Forward" (.pdf)

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