The American Civil Liberties Union sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, arguing that policies prohibiting the public from taking photos and video at international ports of entry violates the Constitution, the Los Angeles Times reports. The suit was filed on behalf of two activists who were attempting to document possible human rights abuses at California-Mexico border crossings.
U.S. authorities took the activists into custody and deleted their photos, the suit charged. It says the Customs and Border Protection agency prohibits the public from taking photos at or near ports of entry without permission. It calls the policy a violation of free-speech rights and protections against illegal search and seizure. “The border is not a Constitution-free zone,” said David Loy of the ACLU in San Diego.