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Continued: 11 Hispanic hunters claim they were racially profiled by Minnesota conservation enforcement officers

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 6, 2013 - 11:35 PM

Bruce Nestor, their attorney, said that despite living in Minnesota, because they are nonresidents, they should have been given nonresident hunting licenses. According to a sheriff’s report, the DNR was “not going to pursue local hunting violations on these parties.”

Attorneys: DNR went too far

Attorneys for the eight hunters believe conservation officers went too far.

Nestor and Abigail Wahl said to even ask for the ID cards was discriminatory, exacerbated by forcing the hunters to undergo individual questioning by ICE. “It’s unconstitutional to detain people on the basis of their nationality or the color of their skin,” Wahl said.

A spokesman for ICE said the agency could not comment because of the pending litigation.

Mark Cangemi, retired special agent in charge of ICE in the Twin Cities, said if he were arguing the case for the government, he would point out that if one person presented a Mexican government identification card, which is “generally issued to people who don’t have legal status in the United States,” it might lead conservation officers to have “heightened suspicion.”

Randy Furst • 612-673-4224

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