CBP Letter Prompts the Question: Is DHS Criminalizing Compassion and Association?

Authorities at the U.S. border are arguing that journalists who report on asylum seekers, and the lawyers and activists who advise them, are legitimate targets for investigation under 8 U.S. Code §1324 for the crime of illegally “encouraging” aliens to cross the border unlawfully. This alleged crime justifies the targeting of these individuals for surveillance, and may be tied to the search and detention of their electronic devices at ports of entry. That’s the message U.S. Customs and Border Protection delivered in a May 9th letter to the Center for Democracy & Technology, which responded to the coalition letter we sent the Department of Homeland Security about a pattern of enforcement activity that appears to target journalists, lawyers and activists associated with asylum seekers.

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Congress is Writing a Privacy Law. It Must Address Civil Rights.

CDT has repeatedly told Congress that privacy proposals that do not address unfair and discriminatory data practices are inadequate and squandered opportunities. Unfortunately, privacy discussions too often ignore the lived experiences of marginalized groups, and many proposed solutions to address privacy problems do not tackle some of the hardest issues impacting these communities.

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DHS Should Stop Surveilling Activists, Journalists, and Lawyers

The Department of Homeland Security appears to be targeting activists, journalists, and lawyers for enhanced screening at ports of entry based on their speech and association with asylum-seekers. Going even further, DHS is documenting and disseminating records of political activity. CDT organized a diverse coalition spanning the political spectrum and consisting of over 100 organizations to demand that DHS immediately cease any politically motivated surveillance of activists, journalists, lawyers, and protest activity.

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The Three P’s of Supporting Military Children: Purple, Portability, and Privacy

The Month of the Military Child is celebrated with “Purple Up Days,” during which people wear their best purple in support of these important members of the community. However, purple is not the only P that matters when it comes to supporting military-connected students. Data Portability and privacy are also incredibly important to this group of often transient students.

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