Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Homeland Security's unconstitutional searches on American's devices At US borders...

The Trump administration is being sued by 11 individuals, who are either US citizens or lawful permanent residents, for search and seizures that have been deemed unconstitutional. These individuals were travelers who were asked for one reason or another to unlock their devices by border control. The councils for the plaintiffs, The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the American Civil Liberties Union, highlighted that most of their clients are minorities or Muslim.

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The plaintiffs brought this case against homeland security to a U.S. District court in Massachusetts claiming that their right to privacy and free speech protections were violated. Their electronic devices, be it phones or computers were withheld from them for months in some instances. 
In April "searches increased from 8,500 in fiscal year 2015 to about 19,000 in fiscal year 2016. The agency has conducted nearly 15,000 in the first half of fiscal year 2017." according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol report.

This is alarming because law enforcement is required to get a warrant in order to execute a search on an American's electronic device. However, there is an exception that allows federal authorities to perform searches without a warrant. 

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