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Journalists gather for SPJ/ACLU border-rights training

By: Heath Haussamen, SPJ Rio Grande board member

Journalists from as far away as Albuquerque and El Paso attended Saturday’s training in Las Cruces to learn about their rights when encountering federal immigration enforcement agents.

In all, 23 people from the region attended the training, which was sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Rio Grande Chapter and ACLU. If you missed it, here are a couple of posts that delve into the nuances of your rights when encountering immigration authorities:

ACLU: Can Border Agents Search Your Electronic Devices? It’s Complicated.

ProPublica: Can Customs and Border Officials Search Your Phone? These Are Your Rights

In addition, here’s a great resource on protecting your digital information:

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Digital Privacy at the U.S Border: A New How-To Guide from EFF

Thanks to the ACLU for conducting the training and Sonoma Springs Covenant Church in Las Cruces for hosting it! We believe the journalists who were able to participate are better equipped to understand their rights when they encounter federal immigration authorities – and that will help them be more comfortable covering important border and immigration issues, which is the goal.

Border Rights Training For Journalists – Sign Up Now!

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. The training is open to journalists and journalism students only. There’s no cost to attend.

Join us! Email SPJ-Rio Grande board member Heath Haussamen at heath@haussamen.com to register and get more details. Please include your name, phone number, email address, and where you work or go to school.

SPJ Rio Grande To Host Border Training In Las Cruces

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.