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Ted Lieu Pushes Bill for Border Patrol to Stop Warrantless Searches of Phones and Laptops 

Ted Lieu Pushes Bill for Border Patrol to Stop Warrantless Searches of Phones and Laptops 


Tens of thousands of American travelers crossing the Southern border are subject to invasive, warrantless searches of their electronic devices. Take a moment and think about your text messages, pictures, search history, emails, social media posts, etc. Would you want a Border Patrol agent scrolling through them? Likely not. That’s why Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced the Protecting Data at the Border Act. The bipartisan bill would prevent law enforcement agencies from utilizing a border search “exception” in order to conduct warrantless searches of Americans’ phones and laptops. “We must protect Americans’ privacy—whether it’s on a city sidewalk, at a border checkpoint or anywhere else in the U.S.,” Lieu said. “At the border, American travelers should not be subjected to invasive searches of their electronic devices without a warrant. The Fourth Amendment guarantees this right.” These searches have quadrupled in recent years, and have been used to target journalists and activists who were not suspected of crimes. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY), Edward Markey (D-MA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR)introduced the Senate version of this bill. More here.

Judy Chu Wants More Mental Health Services in Low-Income Schools

Judy Chu Wants More Mental Health Services in Low-Income Schools

Lawmakers Call for Commission to Study Social Status of Black Men and Boys

Lawmakers Call for Commission to Study Social Status of Black Men and Boys