Target: Senator Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader
Goal: Protect the privacy of Americans as they enter the United States after traveling abroad.
During a time in which the current presidential administration seems to be infringing on the rights of millions, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon is introducing legislation that will protect the privacy rights of Americans who return to the United States after traveling abroad.
With this new legislation, Customs and Border Protection will need warrants in order to access citizens’ phones and the private data they hold. Not acquiring a warrant goes against the Fourth Amendment, which guarantees freedom against illegal search and seizures. In the opinion of Senator Wyden, this infringement is dangerous to our democratic freedoms.
Citizens should not be forced to give phone PIN numbers and passwords to border agents against their will, especially if their only “crime” is traveling outside of the country. Sign the petition and demand that Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer support this legislation and work to rally the support of others in Congress on both sides of the aisle.
Dear Senator Schumer,
Ron Wyden, your fellow member of the Senate, has introduced legislation that, if passed, will protect the privacy rights of Americans who have traveled abroad. Senator Wyden’s legislation will make it illegal to search a traveler’s phone without a warrant.
As we have seen during the recent weeks of this new administration, our democracy is fragile. Illegally searching and seizing citizens’ phones can damage that democracy irreparably. We must protect our democracy at all costs. I ask that you and your fellow senators show support for Wyden’s legislation and protect the rights of the citizens you represent.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Patrol