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A federal judge in Boston ruled that suspicionless searches of electronics at the border are unconstitutional.


 District Judge Denise Casper ruled on Tuesday that border agents need reasonable suspicion to search through travelers’ phones and laptops at airports and other ports of entry. Current ICE and CBP policies allow for routine searches of electronics with no suspicion. The number of electronic searches at U.S. ports of entry has increased greatly during the Trump administration, from 8,500 in 2015 to more than 30,000 in 2018. Since this decision is at the district court level, it is not binding on higher courts.

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