Lawsuit: U.S. border agency searches done across state
DETROIT | Michigan-based immigrant and civil rights groups sued the U.S. government Wednesday, arguing that the zone in which border agents can conduct warrantless searches to prevent illegal entry is too broad.
The federal lawsuit filed by the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan seeks specifics of and justification for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection policies.
Border agents are empowered to
check anyone within 100 miles of an international border.
But the lawsuit says the agency considers the entire state of Michigan to be within 100 miles of the Canadian border or one of the Great Lakes, which function as international borders.
Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes, though Lake Michigan is not on the international border.
Many parts of the state technically are more than 100 miles from Canada.
“Under this interpretation
CBP agents patrolling the ‘border’ could potentially subject anyone in
Michigan — regardless of where he or she is within the state — to warrantless detention and search,” the lawsuit says.
scheduled after Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, was invited to speak on Dec. 6 by a former student, who can reserve campus space available to the public.
A&M spokeswoman Amy Smith said Wednesday the event at the university’s football stadium will be a chance for the school and the community to “be unified with our disgust really for this person.”
In a statement, A&M President Michael Young says Mr. Spencer won’t be prevented from speaking as the school values freedom of speech.