You are not equally protected under the law.
The 14th Amendment grants right to equal protection for all American citizens, yet has not really ever seemed to be taken seriously. As seen with Japanese internment camps (which was a HUGE violation of freedom to thousands of legal and nonviolent American residents and citizens) and more recently with the Ashcroft raids, the government can and will discriminate against you when it is in the name of safety. More than 82,000 men of South Asian descent have been registered as a part of a “Special Registration” program. 13,000 deportations are in progress despite not a single one of these people being charged with terrorism.