CAIR-Michigan sues FBI, Customs over alleged 'invasive religious questioning'
April 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm
Detroit— The local Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Michigan) has filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Customs Border Patrol agencies for alleged "invasive religious questioning" and "prolonged detention" of Muslims at the U.S.-Canada border.
The line of questioning of Muslims reportedly included how many times a day they pray and who else prays in their mosques, according to CAIR-Michigan officials.
"Invasive religious questioning of American citizens without evidence of criminal activity is not only an affront to the Constitution but is also a waste of taxpayers' dollars," said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid.
At a news conference Friday in front of the U.S. Eastern District courthouse on West Lafayette Boulevard downtown, Walid was joined by two plaintiffs in the case and other Muslim civil rights attorneys and an immigration activist.