ACLU Sues Customs Border Protection Agency Over N.H. Border Crossing Data

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CONCORD, N.H. (WBZ NewsRadio 1030) — When the ACLU of New Hampshire asked the U.S. Customs and Border Protection last month how many border crossings there were between Canada and N.H., CBP said it could only provide regional data that includes portions of Vermont and New York.

So now, the ACLU is suing CBP for the state data, information the lawsuit says is a matter of public interest, since N.H. lawmakers have revived a proposal to spend $1.5 million in state funds on increased border patrol.

CBP said there were 367 arrests in January of this year in what’s called the Swanton sector, which includes New Hampshire, Vermont, and New York.

But the ACLU said without state data there is no way to justify an increase in police power and surveillance along the state’s border.

WBZ’s Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports.

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