Customs officials are charged with enforcing over 600 federal laws as over one million travelers cross United States borders each day. Accordingly, the U.S. border has historically been a location where the government is given greater authority to protect the safety of Americans. Indeed, although the Fourth Amendment protects against unreasonable searches and seizures, courts have often held that a suspicionless search is reasonable, simply because it occurred at the border.’ However, should customs agents have similar free reign to conduct a suspicionless search of a traveler’s laptop? Does a traveler’s Fifth Amendment right against selfincrimination have any impact on this analysis?

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