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U.S. Border Agencies Continue to Harass Immigrant Rights Advocates. The ACLU Is Suing.

Since Donald Trump’s inauguration more than two years ago, Alex Mensing, a volunteer with the immigrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras, has been pulled into secondary screening nearly 30 times at U.S. ports in the San Diego-Tijuana area, as well as the Los Angeles airport. His longest interrogation, in late 2018, spanned roughly four hours. It was hardly an isolated experience, Mensing told me. “Pretty much every member of Pueblo Sin Fronteras who crossed the border was interrogated during that time,” he said. An Intercept investigation in February uncovered the backstory to those interrogations, revealing that Pueblo Sin Fronteras was targeted in a secretive joint U.S.-Mexican intelligence gathering operation, which also swept up immigration attorneys and journalists working along the border. NBC News later obtained documents showing that the operation was carried out by officials within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Border Patrol, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the FBI, and included a secret database made up of 59 activists, journalists, attorneys, and unspecified others. At least 10 of the government’s targets were volunteers with Pueblo Sin Fronteras. Mensing was one of them. While CBP eventually admitted to the operations, which sparked multiple internal and congressional investigations , the federal law enforcement agencies involved have emerged from the episode largely unscathed. Mensing is hoping to change that. On Wednesday, he joined two other plaintiffs, represented by the American Civil Liberties Union and Kirkland & Ellis, in filing a lawsuit against CBP, ICE, and the FBI for violations of […]

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