"ICE [Homeland Security Investigations] is working with [Customs and Border Protection] to stop individuals, networks and organizations facilitating child smuggling and document fraud to illegally enter the U.S.", ICE tweeted Monday.
"That claimed authority extends to enforcing "hundreds" of federal laws, including tax, bankruptcy, environmental, and consumer protection laws".
DNA testing of some migrants who cross the U.S. -Mexico border and claim to be family could start as early as next week, but it is unclear if the pilot program will come to Arizona.
The ACLU, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government in 2017, alleging that its "warrantless and suspicionless searches" of electronic devices at the USA ports of entry violated the First and Fourth amendments.
The groups, who are representing 11 people whose phones and laptops were searched at the border, are asking a MA federal judge to rule that the agencies' warrantless search policies are unconstitutional. His 35-yer career has been recognized in more than 100 awards for meritorious and heroic service, including a presidential commendation for heroism by President Ronald Reagan, two Distinguished Service Awards from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and an appointment as Honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
"One of the elements behind that is it's a cyclical pattern in which they're utilizing the same kids", Villareal said on KTAR News 92.3 FM's Arizona's Morning News on Thursday. The department has contended that no court has concluded that border searches of electronic devices require a warrant. "That's very different from being smuggled by a human trafficker".
A raft carrying a family across the Rio Grande toward the USA capsized this week, killing one child. Similarly, journalists will avoid reporting on issues that the USA government may have an interest in, or that may place them in contact with sensitive sources.
The plaintiffs also are demanding the government expunge from investigatory databases information obtained in past searches.
The September 2017 lawsuit, Alasaad v. McAleenan, filed in U.S. District Court in Boston, involves 10 U.S. citizens and one permanent resident who say that in recent years they were subjected to unlawful searches of their smartphones while returning home.
In a filing this week in the U.S. District Court in MA, the lawyers asked the government to rule in their favor without a trial.
"Travelers' devices contain an extraordinary amount of highly personal information that the government can easily search, retain, and share", they argued.
However, as always on immigration issues, this administration seems determined to circumvent workable solutions and to use whatever scare tactics necessary to whip up anti-immigrant hysteria among Trump's base. "The border is not a lawless place".
Warrantless and suspicionless searches of our electronic devices at the border violate the Fourth Amendment, which protects us against unreasonable searches and seizures - including at the border.
"It truly is a crisis in many ways and is an impossible task nearly that we are asking you to deal with and if we want improvements and changes then, in my opinion, it is up to us as Congress to provide you with those resources and policies necessary for you to carry out this impossible job", said Rep.