Health-Based Profiling

The border agent scanned the traveller’s passport through a computer. Instructions to (1) detain the man, (2) don a protective mask, and (3) telephone health authorities popped up.

After about a minute, the agent let the TB patient enter the United States of America. The man seemed healthy, and the warnings appeared “discretionary”, the agent explained.

I’ve twice been groped by TSA agents before boarding domestic-bound mini-planes in Wichita, Kansas. My pre-screened suitcase has been hand-searched three times–that I know of. Passengers flying out of Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport undergo naked X-rays.

While American citizens suspected of nothing face these violations, a border agent ignores warnings and lets a dangerously sick man into our country.

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