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Report: Newark airport screeners targeted Mexicans

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NEWARK — A special unit of airport screeners, charged with detecting suspicious behavior, engaged in racial profiling so frequently at Newark Liberty International Airport that their resentful colleagues called them "Mexican hunters," according to an internal federal report. Officially known as behavior detection officers, or BDOs, the screeners were supposed to focus on nervous, erratic or evasive gestures or speech and other indicators to single out passengers for extra scrutiny, but… (www.nj.com) Más...

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sheka
mark tufts 0
y not do the african americand the japanese the vietnamize and us americans and then see what happens
JBReinertsen
I thought they already do that....
99NY
99NY 0
@ mark tufts

Huh?
sheka
mark tufts 0
99ny rhe article was talking about racial profiling the mexicans and i said y not do it to all of us
Alasizon
Alasizon 0
While I don't agree with the practices, it seems that every time one of these articles surfaces, it is blown out of proportion. Quite frankly, it seems like they were doing little more than selecting people they felt did not have adequate travel documents, which could be a "threat to national security". There are much better ways for them to have approached this but a lot has changed in Newark since this report and security seems to go much smoother there now.
thans625
And why not they are most likely in this country illegally so they are breaking the law, when are we going to wake up and do this at all airports. I believe its another case of playing the race card to get the heat taken off of them.
chiphermes
Chip Hermes 0
Anthony, you think they're doing such a bang-up job with security that now they should expand and cover immigration?

The reality is that anything that doesn't involve guns and bombs is a distraction and reduces their ability to focus on what really matters. Finding guns and bombs is hard enough, but when you widen their scope to include knives, box cutters, liquids, etc, etc, etc, and all this nonsense, the job becomes impossible. The TSA may be beyond stupid, but they've also got an impossible job.
brendandenisflynn
Flying in the skys is not a right. No laws broken. Continue to do what they do best; protect the flying public. If they have nothing to fear, what's the big deal?
gradypilot
Too much political correctness nowadays....the article does not say how many undocumented illegals were found or other contraband discovered. I can see how with limited resources and manpower one would look at where the greatest liklihood of problem might come on entry. I don't go deer hunting in the mall....I go to the woods.. I guess that is animal profililng but with humans we have to endure the current socialistic, ultra liberal mindset that says everything must be the same for all....always...BS. Am I being racially profiled as a WASP everytime I am inspected, examined and groped by TSA on every flight.....NO...it is just a consequence of the post 911 world we live in
66lima
Richard Dugger 0
Gee. Imagine the gall of these people actually scrutinizing the baggage of people that do not have proper passport stamps. Oh the humanity!!!
DLipsitz
It's the TSA's job to ensure transportation safety, ICE's job to deal with immigration issues. It would appear neither does their job particularly well, mainly because both are understaffed, overworked, and grossly underfunded.

If they want to catch illegal immigrants at airports, then put ICE agents at the screening stations. TSA officers have enough to do as it is. Quite frankly, the BDO's could learn from the Israelis if they're wasting time pulling people out of line who aren't threats to air safety.
66lima
Richard Dugger 0
I have a friend that is a TSA screener. They are not underfunded nor over worked. It isn't like they have to lift bales of cotton and tote barges up a canal.

The story indicated that the people being scrutinized had paperwork problems. Wouldn't that cause a normal person doing this kind of work to raise an eyebrow and investigate further rather than just send them on through? That would be insane and negligent.
akamatsu
The last act of terrorism perpetrated in the USA using an airplane was done so by a white male.
66lima
Richard Dugger 0
So we should harrass all white males? That makes sense. Did he have pass port issues and get stopped by the TSA and noticed it?
And did he get sent on his merry way?
If so that would be the result of not stopping some one from proceding with out scrutiny AFTER noticing that his passport was out of order.

Almost never are criminals caught during their first offense.

They usually get away with a lot of crimes before they slip up and get caught
If they have an explainable problem with their passport and it can be resolved and sent on their way, fine.
But the discrepancy needs to be investigated rather than ignored, by people that are in the line of work of keeping ne'er do wells off our commercial aircraft.
devsfan
ken young 0
Political correctness run amok....I am sick and tired of the perpetually and eternally offended.
D328Flyer
Chad Short 0
You know how many terrorist TSA has caught? Zip Zero ...
1101144
Greg Kerber 0
LOOKS LIKE ALL OF YOU HAVE A GOOD POINT EXCEPT Michael. AS AN EX-LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER I CAN TELL YOU THAT PROFILING DOES HAPPEN AND IS SIMPLY A PART OF GETTING THE JOB DONE. I'M NOT SAYING IT'S RIGHT OR WRONG, HOWEVER, IF THE MAJORITY OF RACE SAY (MEXICANS) ARE ENTERING THE UNITED STATES ILLEGALLY, THEN THEY ARE GOING TO BE LOOKED AT DIFFERENTLY THAN SAY OTHERS. MEXICO DOES LITTLE OR NOTHING TO SECURE THEIR BORDERS AND AS SUCH, IT IS LEFT UP TO LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEM. LET'S GET REAL, WE ALL PROFILE BUT WHEN THE MEDIA WANTS TO MAKE A STORY OUT OF IT OMG, HOW SHAMEFUL. I SAY IF THE LEGAL MEXICAN POPULATION IS UPSET ABOUT BEING PROFILED, MAYBE THEY SHOULD TAKE A STAND TO CLEAN UP THE PROBLEM. I LIVE IN ARIZONA AND IT'S SAD TO SEE THIS STATE BEING TURNED INTO MEXICO. THE WHITES ARE NOW THE MINORITY. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT HAVE THIS PROBLEM AND SUPPORT OPEN BOARDER JUST WAIT. IT'S YOUR TURN NEXT TO SEE YOU NEIBORHOODS TRASHED.
gradypilot
Amen Brother!

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