Law­suit: U.S. bor­der agency searches done across state

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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.

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