More Federal Agents Asking to See Peoples’ Cell Phones at Border Crossings and Checkpoints

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More people crossing the border or going through checkpoints are complaining about federal agents asking to see their cellphone.


It’s always been a rule, but we’re told it’s now being enforced. One immigration attorney says a person with special documents to be in the country, like a green card, could object and refuse.


However, that official could take the document and send the person back to Mexico. Even in a court of law the government could argue that an agent was looking for signs of terrorism or child pornography.


Immigration attorneys say a person can ask for a supervisor, if they think their civil rights are being violated by the officer.

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