Can border agents inspect your electronic devices? It’s a tricky subject.
Mar24

Can border agents inspect your electronic devices? It’s a tricky subject.

By ACLU We’ve been getting a lot of questions about when border agents can legally conduct searches of travelers’ electronic devices at international airports and other ports of entry. Unfortunately, the answer isn’t simple. The government has long claimed that Fourth Amendment protections prohibiting warrantless searches don’t apply at the border. The ACLU takes issue with this position generally, especially when it comes to...

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Arizona-based Border Patrol agent convicted of bribery, drug trafficking
Mar23

Arizona-based Border Patrol agent convicted of bribery, drug trafficking

By Rafael Carranza A Border Patrol agent stationed in Nogales will spend more than 13 years behind bars, after he was convicted on federal bribery and drug-trafficking charges. Juan Ramon Pimental of Rio Rico pleaded guilty to the charges, which stem from separate 2015 incidents. U.S. Judge Ranier Collins sentenced Pimental to 160 months in prison and five years of supervised release. In the first incident, in February 2015, Pimental...

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ACLU Files Claim Against Customs and Border Protection for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teen Sisters in Texas
Mar23

ACLU Files Claim Against Customs and Border Protection for Alleged Sexual Assault of Teen Sisters in Texas

By Monique Judge The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California on Wednesday filed two claims with the federal government on behalf of two sisters who were allegedly sexually assaulted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection last year. According to the ACLU, the sisters “continue to suffer severe emotional distress as a result of the assault,” which they say occurred in July 2016, when they were 19 and 17 years old. Read...

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In ‘unprecedented no-show’ U.S. officials skip Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings
Mar22

In ‘unprecedented no-show’ U.S. officials skip Inter-American Commission on Human Rights hearings

U.S. government policies and practices on immigration, indigenous rights and the treatment of asylum seekers were the subject of hearings today at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body of the Organization of American States. But, for the first time in organization’s history, the U.S. government didn’t even send an official representative to the hearings. Shannon Young has more. Download Audio Hearings at the...

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U.S. border agents told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death.
Mar21

U.S. border agents told a Mexican teen to drink liquid meth. His family received $1 million for his death.

Cruz Velazquez Acevedo began convulsing shortly after he drank the liquid methamphetamine he’d brought with him from Tijuana, Mexico. The 16-year-old had just crossed the U.S.-Mexico border to San Diego and was going through a checkpoint at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. He was carrying two bottles of liquid that he claimed was apple juice. U.S. Border Patrol agents told him to drink it to prove he wasn’t lying, court records say. The...

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