HR. 1899/S. 823 - Protecting Data at the Border Act

(Last updated May 7, 2017)


Summary

HR. 1899 and S. 823 are House and Senate bills, respectively, which would prohibit United States agencies and officers (including customs and border agents) from accessing the digital contents of electronic equipment belonging to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents at the border without a warrant. Agencies would also be prohibited from denying or delaying entry to or exit from the United States by citizens and permanent residents based on refusal to provide such access. Exceptions would only be made for certain specified emergency situations.

Under current law, U.S. agencies and their officers are authorized to perform searches and seizures without a warrant or probable cause at international borders and their functional equivalents (such as international airports), under a doctrine called the "border search exception."

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Status

HR. 1899 was introduced into the House of Representatives on April 4, 2017 by Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO-2). It was referred to the House Judiciary Committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.

San Diego County Co-Sponsors:

  • Susan Davis: No
  • Duncan Hunter: No
  • Darrell Issa: No
  • Scott Peters: No
  • Juan Vargas: No

S. 823 was introduced into the Senate on April 4, 2017 by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR). It was referred to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

California Co-Sponsors:

  • Dianne Feinstein: No
  • Kamala Harris: No

HR. 1899 Call Scripts

MoC has already co-sponsored:

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank _____ (MoC name) for supporting and co-sponsoring HR. 1899, the Protecting Data at the Border Act. I'm glad I can count on _____ (MoC name) to protect our privacy. Thank you."

MoC has not yet co-sponsored:

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to ask _____ (MoC name) to please support and co-sponsor HR. 1899 the Protecting Data at the Border Act. American citizens and permanent residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy, even at the border, and especially when the Trump Administration is targeting people of color and law-abiding citizens, it's very important to protect that privacy. Please co-sponsor this bipartisan bill. Thank you."

 
 

Juan Vargas

SD County: (619) 422-5963
Imperial County: (760) 312-9900
DC: (202) 225-8045

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S. 823 Call Scripts

Senator has already co-sponsored:

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to thank _____ (Senator name) for supporting and co-sponsoring S. 823, the Protecting Data at the Border Act. I'm glad I can count on _____ (Senator name) to protect our privacy. Thank you."

Senator has not yet co-sponsored:

"Hi, my name is _____ and I'm calling from _____ (zip code). I'm calling to ask _____ (Senator name) to please support and co-sponsor S. 823 the Protecting Data at the Border Act. American citizens and permanent residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy, even at the border, and especially when the Trump Administration is targeting people of color and law-abiding citizens, it's very important to protect that privacy. Please co-sponsor this bipartisan bill. Thank you."