Agents were given little notice and conflicting guidance on how to enforce President Trump’s first travel ban last year, leading to chaos at airports.
Experts say some measures targeted are more effective than a wall, resulting in an approach a Republican congressman called “a third-century solution to a 21st-century problem.”
Border agents say the electronic searches have stopped terrorism suspects and criminals, but privacy advocates call them an invasive violation of the Constitution.
Set up to defend the United States, the Homeland Security Department is going beyond American borders to fight foreign threats from abroad.
Complaints filed by people whose electronics were searched at the border without warrants highlight a growing debate over privacy, security and technology.
Here are additional excerpts from complaints filed by people whose electronic devices were searched at the border, supplementing a companion article.