Click here to see how our firm is preparing for COVID-19

Lawsuit Alleges Shocking, Invasive Body Search by CBP

Spread the love

Tameika Lovell was detained by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) on November 27, 2016, at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City for a random search.

Lovell, a school guidance counselor from Long Island, was grabbing her baggage after returning home from a vacation in Jamaica.  This was not the first time that Lovell, a Black woman, had been stopped by CBP.

But, she was being asked strange questions.  She says a CBP supervisor asked her, “Don’t you think you’re spending too much money traveling?”

After being put in a secure room, Lovell says that her belongings were searched by a female CBP officer.  Lovell alleges she was asked if she was using a feminine product such as a tampon or pad.  Lovell was uncomfortable, but she said no.  She was then told to take off her shoes, lift her arms, and spread her legs.

Lovell says another female officer was there as well, with her hand on her firearm.  Lovell alleges that the original officer touched her “from head to toe” and then commanded her to squat.

Lovell’s lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York alleges that the officer “placed her right hand into [Lovell’s] pants ‘forcibly.’”  The lawsuit claims that CBP officers violated Lovell’s constitutional rights and also violated CBP’s rules that do not allow for invasive body searches.

Since 2011, there have been at least 11 cases that have been reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity.

Adriana Pinon, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, says that these body searches “should give everyone pause…the touchstone of the Fourth Amendment is reasonableness.”

Some of the previous cases have been settled pre-trial, which skillfully avoids any damning testimony from CBP officers that have been accused.  Six of the lawsuits led to $1.2 million taxpayer dollars in settlements.  One case lost at trial.

For more information, click here.

You May Also Like

How To Do a DS-260 Application Spread the love Individuals and family members seeking a Diversity Visa, or anyone living outside the United States who plans to obtain a marriage-based green card, must complete Form... VIEW POST
Everything You Need to Know About I-129F Processing Time Spread the love When embarking on the journey to get married to a foreign citizen, one of the important paperwork steps is applying for I-129F. Immigrants and citizens alike... VIEW POST
I-130 Processing Time: What to Expect for Family-Based Visas Spread the love If you’re helping a loved one immigrate to the United States, you may be asked to complete and submit an I-130 petition. An I-130 petition is... VIEW POST

Download Free Guide 
2023 Immigrant’s Guide to 
Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know to become  
a U.S. citizen.

Download Free Guide 2022 Immigrant’s Guide to Becoming a U.S. Citizen

This guide contains all you need to know
to become a U.S. citizen.

Answers Show
Live every week.