[Michigan- May 10 , 2022]:

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) recently visited and participated in a discussion and tour of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) operational facilities at Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW), at the invitation of CBP agency leadership in Detroit.

The discussion was very informative and provided an update on how the CBP operates at the airport and all other ports of entry. The meeting with AHRC was one of series of other meetings and tours that was initiated by the CBP’s active engagement with community organizations and leaders.

AHRC commends CBP and its leadership in Michigan for hosting these important meetings that help the community leaders better understand CBP’s role and operational system at ports of entry. The presence of CBP’s leadership during this tour attests to CBP’s commitment to continue its active engagement with Michigan’s diverse communities, including the Arab and Muslim American communities.

The American Human Rights Council (AHRC-USA) is a strong advocate of law-enforcement- community engagement. Effective and active engagement is vital to help face the safety and security challenges facing the nation. CBP welcomed the opportunity to address any matters of concern or interest while AHRC stressed on the importance of ongoing engagement that is not reactive or crisis driven.

AHRC continues to advocate the stakeholder model of government-community engagement. This model requires inclusion and participation of all stakeholders. Transparency and real engagement are vital to address any challenges. Enhancing and advancing education, awareness and training are key to the effective and productive engagement. This is very critical for both government and society. Public safety is not just the government’s responsibility.

“AHRC commends CBP’s leadership for this outreach initiative,” said Imad Hamad AHRC Executive Director. “In-person meetings, tours and discussions help all enhance trust and help address any matter of concern that may arise,” continued Hamad.

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