What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Individual Rights : HR 3129. Reauthorizing the Customs Service/Vote to Hold Customs Agents Liable for Wrongful Searches. (2002 house Roll Call 192)
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HR 3129. Reauthorizing the Customs Service/Vote to Hold Customs Agents Liable for Wrongful Searches.
house Roll Call 192     May 22, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans in the House proposed a bill to reauthorize the Customs Service that made changes Progressives could not support. The bill protected Customs agents from lawsuits for wrongful searches so long as the search followed departmental procedure. The bill also allowed Customs agents to search unsealed outbound international mail. Progressives felt both provisions violated the civil rights of ordinary Americans: the second did so quite directly, while the first encouraged violations of civil rights because victims would have no recourse when mistreated. Waters (D-CA) proposed an amendment to the bill that would strike these two provisions. Progressives voted for this amendment, but it was rejected 197-231.

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