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Did you know that the US government claims you have no Fourth Amendment rights at the border? Did you know that the US government claims the border extends a full 100 miles inside the actual land and ocean borders of the country? People in the southwestern United States know these facts too well. They are routinely victimized by a Customs, Border Patrol organization that is completely out of control, and acts with impunity. Even congress can't get answers about their activities. Nonetheless, legislators continue to fund CBP's border militarization at an alarming rate.
In the video embedded above, Clarisa Christiansen describes what happened when she and her kids were pulled over by CBP agents, well within the United States. "They just seem to think they can do whatever they want," she says. That includes killing scores of Mexican children and adults who authorities say threw rocks at or somehow threatened the safety of agents from across the border. For Christiansen, the harassment involved threatening her with a taser and a knife, for refusing to get out of her car after agents pulled her over for reasons they wouldn't explain. One of her kids, who was in the car during the incident, says "They bullied my mom."
If you're interested in seeing live videos of interactions with CBP officers miles from the actual border in the southwest US, take a look at these YouTube videos. Does that look like freedom, America?