SPJ Rio Grande To Host Border Training In Las Cruces

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Photo: Heath Haussamen

Can U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents really seize and go through your phones and other devices at an international border crossing?

What about at the U.S. Border Patrol inland checkpoints along roads in southern New Mexico and west Texas? Or at other locations within the 100-mile zone along the U.S./Mexico border where you might encounter agents while doing your job?

What are your rights to photograph and/or record CBP and Border Patrol operations?

Recent changes in Washington mean journalists should learn about these issues and how to protect themselves and their sources. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter and ACLU are holding a know-your-rights training for journalists on Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in Las Cruces. More details will be announced soon.

Mark your calendars, and if you have questions email SPJ board members Heath Haussamen at heath@haussamen.com or Jeff Proctor at cjproctor74@gmail.com.

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