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So Now We Have a New Protected Class: LEP [Limited English Proficient]

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So Now We Have a New Protected Class: LEP [Limited English Proficient]
So, if suspects can't speak English, you are not allowed to call in a translator who might ask if they are in this country legally, or not! This is now considered to be racism.

DUH! If you can't speak the language, you are probably not from around here. It is perfectly reasonable to ask if you are here legally, it has nothing to do with race!


"A federal department ruled last week that the Forest Service violated a Spanish-speaking woman’s civil rights by calling the Border Patrol to help translate during a routine stop, saying it was “humiliating” to Hispanics and an illicit backdoor way to capture more illegal immigrants.

The ruling by the Agriculture Department’s assistant secretary for civil rights could change policies nationwide as law enforcement agencies grapple with how far they can go in trying to help the Border Patrol while not running afoul of racial profiling standards.

Assistant Secretary Joe Leonard Jr. said calling the Border Patrol automatically “escalates” encounters between Hispanics and law enforcement. He ruled that the Forest Service cannot routinely summon the Border Patrol for assistance and said the agency now must document suspected racial profiling nationwide.

“Given the increased risk of being questioned about immigration status during an interaction with [Border Patrol], the policy of using BP for interpretation assistance is problematic in all situations because it places a burden on [limited English proficient] individuals that non-LEP individuals do not experience,” Mr. Leonard ruled."

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