Border Agents Disregard Personal Property Rights
Article from Reason by Christian Britschgi.
The government’s efforts to stop illegal immigration keep coming at the expense of the property and privacy rights of landowners along the border. Just ask Ricardo Palacios.
The 74-year-old attorney and rancher has experienced an ongoing stream of harassment and intrusions from Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents at his cattle ranch, located just north of Laredo, Texas. Palacios claims that CBP agents have repeatedly entered his ranch without warrants and questioned his family members as they enter and leave the property. At one point, he says, they assaulted Palacios’ son following a late-night traffic stop.
The last straw came in November 2017, when Palacios found a small surveillance camera affixed to a Mesquite tree on his property. When Palacios removed the device, he was contacted by the CBP and by the Texas Rangers, both claiming ownership of the camera and threatening Palacios’ arrest if it were not returned.
Faced with conflicting ownership claims for the camera and the possibility of arrest, Palacios sued both agencies in December 2017.
Read the entire article at Reason.