Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties: Fiscal Year 2005-2006 Annual Report to Congress   [open pdf - 4MB]

"This report highlights many of the areas in which the Department has worked to ensure our goal of protecting America while preserving our civil rights and civil liberties. For instance, the Department has taken rigorous steps to prohibit racial profiling by training our personnel to pursue suspicions that are based on observable and concrete behaviors instead of race. We are also developing cooperative relationships with leaders of the American Arab and Muslim communities, both in our Nation's capital and in cities throughout the country. We are working hard to enforce this Nation's immigration laws and ensuring that these enforcement efforts are consistent with the Constitution and Federal law. At the same time, we are committed to America's tradition of being a welcoming Nation for legal immigrants. We strongly believe that America can both enforce its laws and fully respect our fundamental freedoms. In a related incident, Hurricane Katrina exposed many faults in the Nation's emergency preparedness, response and recovery capabilities, and this Department has worked energetically to put new solutions in place. Through our Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, we are leading a cross-government effort to improve preparedness among people with disabilities and their families, and have made many improvements to the response and recovery system that will benefit these communities."

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