Task Force members bring issues and concerns from their respective communities

Task force members bring issues and concerns from

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Task Force. Task Force members bring issues and concerns from their respective communities to the table and collectively strategies on recommendations that would best suite communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities affected. Through this common issue of police use of force community was able to come together and partake in multi-ethnic organizing. Task force members came together with a multicultural approach to organizing as described by Gutiérrez et. al in the reading titled “Multicultural Community Organizing: A Strategy for Change” (1996). The focus of multicultural organizing keeps a lens of social justice and social location at the forefront of the work done which the Task Force made sure to always keep present in their conversations and planning for next steps. 40
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8) Muslim American Society Immigrant Justice Center (MAS-IJC) Issue: Adjudicators Impose Additional Screening Requirement for Muslims Aliens Seeking Adjustments. Summary: Religious profiling allows the invidious use of religion and race as criteria in conducting immigration interviews, investigative procedures and granting benefits. Bias and lack of understanding contribute to inadequate customer care and processing. The U.S. Supreme Court has held that racial profiling violates the constitutional requirement that all persons be accorded equal protection of the law, prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on their citizenship or immigration status, or based on their national origin. Government must be among the first to uphold this standard of conduct. Yet, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has failed to develop, implement and enforce anti-discrimination policies, practices and procedures. Adjudicators continue to impose an additional screening requirement for aliens seeking adjustments. These applicants are typically from countries with national security concerns, resulting in discrimination and profiling of individuals who are Muslim. Immigration laws are increasingly more complex as agents misinterpret the law as a means to codify discrimination. Agents act to impede whole classes of peoples, when their actions deprive individuals of discretionary decisions that have long been a part of the immigration system. These actions have comes with a heavy price for individuals, their families and our country. "Racial profiling" at its core allows the invidious use of race or ethnicity as a criterion in conducting immigration interviews, investigative procedures and granting benefits, including multiple security checks. As a result, the decisions of USCIS adjudicators snare not only the prohibition on racial profiling in immigration practices, but due process which is inherent to democracy. With increasing frequency, we are seeing Muslim individuals attempting to claim a right, delayed a decision based on religious beliefs. Discriminatory processing practices push these potential legal residents out of the jurisdiction of USCIS into immigration court where they face removal. Delayed processing is exceedingly costly and by exposing
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