Morning Report: Your Rights When Crossing the Border

A Customs and Border Protection officer checks a vehicle for contraband. / Photo courtesy of Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection have broader authority at the border than most law enforcement does in its typical interactions.

Because travelers crossing at ports of entry are effectively presenting themselves to the government, agency officials there can conduct warrantless searches of people, their luggage and their vehicles.

The breadth and limits of that authority have come into question many times – like when news of intrusive body cavity searches or corruption among officers comes out.

The most recent example raising questions of just how far this authority goes is the government database NBC 7 uncovered of advocates, attorneys and journalists who worked with or covered the migrant caravan that arrived last fall. Some of the individuals tracked had security alerts placed on their passports or…

Original published: 2019-03-14 11:30:28 Read the full San Diego News here


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