Reporter Renee Ferguson coolly and convincingly uncovers racial discrimination by immigration agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Black women were disproportionately targeted for strip-searches by customs agents, who suspected them of carrying drugs. Customs guidelines were surprisingly vague and contradictory, yet immigration agents inspected black women twice as often as white women and subjected them to degrading and upsetting body checks. 60 women were interviewed in this investigation, none of whom were found to be carrying drugs. WMAQ’s reports stimulated a federal review of customs practices nationwide.

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