Washington, August 4 (SO News/Agency) The news of confiscating the turbans of some Sikh refugees who were detained at the American border adjacent to Mexico has caused a commotion in the United States. As the dispute escalated, US officials announced that an internal investigation had been launched to resolve the matter.
According to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), about 50 Sikh migrants were stripped of their turbans at the Mexican border, according to a BBC report. The ACLU said the turban seizure clearly violates union law and violates the non-discrimination policies of the U.S. Border Patrol and Border Security (CBP).
In an Aug. 1 letter to CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus, the ACLU called it a serious violation of religious freedom. Meanwhile, Vanessa Pineda, a lawyer for the ACLU of Arizona, told the BBC that there had been no adequate explanation of how the turban was related to security. “This is not acceptable,” he said. They need to find another alternative and stop it. It is inhumane.”
In response, Magnus said the Border Agency expects its employees to treat all migrants we encounter with dignity, the BBC reported, citing a Washington Post report. “An internal inquiry has been initiated to resolve the matter,” the CBP commissioner was quoted as saying.
According to CBP data, around 13,000 Indian nationals, including those from Punjab, have been detained by patrol officers at the US-Mexico border in the fiscal year beginning October 2021. About three-quarters of those, or about 10,000, are detained in the Border Patrol’s Yuma Sector, a 202-kilometer stretch of desert and rocky mountains that stretches from California’s Imperial Sand Dunes to Arizona’s Yuma and Pima. Extends to the border between counties.