Protecting the U.S. Perimeter: Border Searches Under the Fourth Amendment

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This report first outlines the statutes authorizing certain federal officers to conduct warrantless searches. It then addresses the scope of the government's constitutional authority to search and seize persons and property at the border. It also describes the varying levels of suspicion generally required for each type of border search as interpreted by the courts. Finally, this report lists several bills before the 111th Congress that address border searches. This report does not address interior searches and seizures performed by immigration personnel since they are not traditional "border searches."

Creator(s): Kim, Yule
Creation Date: June 29, 2009
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UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Congressional Research Service Reports
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Kim, Yule

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Place of Publication: Washington, D.C.
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  • Creation: June 29, 2009
Description:

This report first outlines the statutes authorizing certain federal officers to conduct warrantless searches. It then addresses the scope of the government's constitutional authority to search and seize persons and property at the border. It also describes the varying levels of suspicion generally required for each type of border search as interpreted by the courts. Finally, this report lists several bills before the 111th Congress that address border searches. This report does not address interior searches and seizures performed by immigration personnel since they are not traditional "border searches."

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21 pages.

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