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ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Review Unlawful Searches & Seizures by ICE & CPB

ACLU Asks Supreme Court to Review Unlawful Searches & Seizures by ICE & CPB

The American Civil Liberties Union has petitioned the United States Supreme Court to examine what it claims are numerous instances of unconstitutional practices by intergovernmental agencies against travelers entering the United States.

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The organization elaborated about the cases on Twitter early Friday afternoon.

“BREAKING: We just filed a petition with the Supreme Court. We’re representing travelers who were subjected to warrantless and suspicion-less searches of their phones, laptops, and other electronic devices at the United States border. At airports and other ports of entry, border officers are detaining and searching the devices of a growing number of people. Officers have demanded the passcodes to travelers’ electronic devices — and even social media accounts — accessing massive amounts of private info,” the ACLU wrote.

“People from all walks of life are being subjected to these searches, including: US citizens, Permanent residents, Tourists, and Business travelers,” the thread continued. “Our clients’ stories are stark examples of what’s happening in airports and other border crossings every day.”

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The ACLU explained on its website:

A growing number of travelers are being detained and subjected to warrantless and suspicion-less searches of their phones, laptops, and other electronic devices by border officers who may cite a host of reasons for doing so, or no reason at all. By searching travelers’ electronic devices, border officers can access a vast array of personal, sensitive information, including photos, texts, emails, internet browsing history, and location data. This happens to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, tourists, and business travelers.

The ACLU argues in its petition that the individuals it represents had their Fourth Amendment rights against unlawful search and seizure violated:

Today we are petitioning the Supreme Court to take up the case on behalf of our clients, including a military veteran, an artist, a NASA engineer, journalists, and others whose devices were searched at the border by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. Several are Muslims and people of color. Their stories are stark examples of what happens in airports and other border crossings every day.

This is a developing story.

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