Asiana Layoffs and Laptop Searches on the Rise at US Border

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  1. Have any US citizens refused phone/laptop search, and what was the result of the refusal?

  2. What about non-citizen, legal permanent residents? What are the consequences of refusing to permit a search without a warrant?

  3. This has been kinda covered on Eugene Volokh’s blog. From what I recall, searches incident to border crossings, including electronics, generally don’t require a warrant, and you can’t really refuse them. However, speech isn’t compelled: you can’t be forced to type in a password to open a phone or laptop. The law surrounding fingerprint or face unlocks is less clear, but these may not enjoy first amendment protections in the way that divulging a password does.

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