WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today reacted to a report that upon his return from an overseas trip, Prospect Park Mayor Mohamed Khairullah was held by authorities at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York for three hours, where he faced hostile inquiry and was forced to give authorities his phone.
“Mayor Khairullah’s account describes profiling against Muslims. If he was targeted by authorities as a criminal or even a national security threat for no reason, the Mayor deserves answers on his detention. Whether someone is a longtime mayor, a Harvard freshman, or a regular Joe, this is America, and profiling is un-American. We have heard too many reports of Americans being harassed for their names, their skin colors, and their national ancestries. Americans must stand up against this devolution as one community, one people, one nation.”