Numerous civil rights and liberties violations, as well as more serious human rights violations, have been documented against the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) as a result of the Trump administration’s efforts to tighten immigration policies and procedures. These deeply troubling allegations haven’t been taken seriously enough, and an Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is needed to make DHS take these investigations more seriously and ensure that complaints are addressed in a timely manner.
The Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and Inspector General already share responsibility for receiving and investigating civil rights and liberties complaints related to DHS policies and procedures. This legislation would be duplicative of these existing efforts and therefore isn’t needed. The fact that the Officer for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties would only investigate complaints not taken up by the DHS IG is proof that this officer isn’t needed.