At U.S. borders, agents have powers domestic law enforcement officers do not. The Fourth and Fifth Amendments, which protect against unreasonable search and seizure, and self-incrimination, respectively, lose power. Unlike their police counterparts, Border Patrol agents do not have to wait for a court-issued warrant to search travelers and don’t need to state a reason for the search.
Muslim Americans and travelers connected to the six Muslim-majority countries cited in Trump’s revised travel ban — which sought to continue to block foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days out of national security concerns — should take extra precautions, Sinha said.
Customs and Border Patrol officers can search any object crossing a U.S. border within 100 miles of the border, including electronic devices. They can seize and keep those devices for up to five days without giving an explanation.
“The best thing to do, the best thing you can tell your relatives to do, is leave their phone at home. Just don’t bring it,” Sinha said. “Get a temporary phone for when you travel and use that instead.”
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