DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. John Conyers says he's calling on two federal departments to investigate complaints by U.S. Arabs and Muslims of being harassed by agents after returning to Michigan from Canada.
The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee said Friday in a statement that he'll also talk to committee Chairman Lamar Smith about the accusations. The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed complaints this week against the Justice and Homeland Security departments after receiving dozens of complaints of harassment.
Complaints have included being handcuffed, locked up and groped at border crossings in Port Huron and Detroit.
Conyers says the U.S. Muslim community should know that the government "will protect the interests of the community while maintaining the appropriate focus on national security."