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@AILANational Know Your Rights Flyer for Green Card Holders

@AILANational Know Your Rights Flyer for Green Card Holders

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the national association of over 15,000 immigration lawyers and practitioners, who represent families seeking permanent residence for their close family members; U.S. businesses seeking global talent; foreign students, entertainers, artists, and athletes; as well as asylum seekers, often on a pro bono basis, has released a Know-Your-Rights Flyer for Green Card holders detained at a port of entry.

Can border agents search my phone or laptop?

Can border agents search my phone or laptop?

Can border agents search my phone, laptop and other electronic devices?
With tighter security and screening at borders and ports, this is a question we get a lot. Ordinarily, the police need a warrant in order to conduct a search of your person and your belongings. However, at borders and airports, agents have broader authority to conduct routine searches of people and their belongings that police on the street would not have. For "non-routine" searches (e.g. strip search), agents must reasonably suspect that the person is involved in some criminal activity. 

CBP and ICE Statement on Hurricane Harvey

CBP and ICE Statement on Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) released a statement in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, stating that, routine non-criminal immigration enforcement operations will not be conducted at evacuation sites, or assistance centers, and that detainees from the Port Isabel Detention Center are being temporarily transferred to various other detention facilities.