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How Loitering Laws Are (Still) Hurting Minorities

A government email raises concerns that police are using them to profile undocumented immigrants.
Latino day laborers waiting for their next job in Metarie, Louisiana.
Latino day laborers waiting for their next job in Metarie, Louisiana.AP Photo/Dave Martin

The Los Angeles Times obtained a recent email exchange between the Department of Homeland Security and the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice discussing a case of possible ethnic profiling of two immigrants currently awaiting deportation.

According to the Times, Jose Adan Fugon-Cano and Gustavo Barahona-Sanchez were standing outside a motel in New Llano, Louisiana, waiting for a ride to a construction job, when local police approached and arrested them for loitering. The charges were never filed. Instead, the police ran an immigration check and, upon discovering their unauthorized status, reported them to Border Patrol.