TOLEDO: A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing U.S. Border Patrol agents who watch over Ohio near the Canadian border of routinely engaging in racial profiling to round up Hispanics.
The judge in Toledo ruled this week that there is no evidence the Border Patrol along Lake Erie had policies encouraging racial profiling.
U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary said race didn’t play a role in the eight encounters with agents cited in the lawsuit.
Two groups that work with Hispanics and migrant workers in Ohio sued the Border Patrol over what they say was a pattern of profiling over six years.
They also accused agents of using racially offensive and “dehumanizing” terms to describe Hispanics. An attorney with the U.S. Justice Department said the terms were used to describe immigration status and did not refer to a specific group.
The judge determined a few of examples of agents using offensive terms were not enough to support claims of racial profiling.