I hope this woman wins and if it were me I would sue for 10x more just to make a statement that what these redneck US border guards get away with is unacceptable. They make everyone a criminal and humiliate those who want to visit their country. This woman has no criminal history, she forgot to claim a few raspberries so they stripped search her because they probably thought hey if she forgot those raspberries she must be hiding drugs as well. There’s no excuse for it.
Last year my sister traveled to the US with her two kids, at the time they were 2 and 8 months,the US Border guard at the airport introgated her for an hour making her as if she were a terrorist, my sister got all upset and cried because of the interrogation. US Immigration agent forced her to say she has been out of the country for years (“the US Immigration twat says “Yup, you’ve been out of the country for longer than 12 months, right, I know you have been, and you have) and that she has no ties to the US, they then took away her Green Card and said she’s no longer a permanent resident, but she can visit.
A lot of the US Border Guards are assholes, and they’re are doing this work because it is the only time they feel powerful and almighty. It’s pathetic, other than for business I don’t know why anyone would want to visit the US if these idiots are picking on people for no reason. They’ve got so much pride and arrogance they won’t admit they made a mistake, so they put people through hell just for the sake of it.
Why can’t they just admit they’re lousy at what they do, they’re not focusing on the real ememies and leave innocent people alone.
A woman from Stratford, Ont., has launched a $500,000 lawsuit in a U.S. federal court against two female U.S. border guards in Detroit.
In March 2010, Loretta Van Beek was travelling to Savannah, Ga., where she owns a small vacation home, when she was pulled over by customs agents at the Ambassador Bridge, across the river from Windsor, Ont.
Van Beek, 46, told CBC News she was sent to secondary inspection when customs officers found a few raspberries in her car that she’d forgotten to declare. After more than an hour of questions, Van Beek was told she was being denied entry on suspicion that she was living illegally in the U.S.
Van Beek said she was marched into a holding cell by two female agents and ordered to remove her shirt and stand spread-eagled against the wall.
“She was squeezing my nipples, etc., for a very long time, unnecessary attention,” Van Beek said of one of the agents. “It was sexual — using her fingertips, not back of hand like you would expect.”
Then she said the search became even more invasive.
“She ran her hands in my lower region,” Van Beek said.
Van Beek claims the guard shoved her hand inside her genital area while the other officer watched.
“It was deviant behaviour by the officer, no other explanation,” said Van Beek. “Saw a woman on her own — vulnerable.”
She said they photographed her and took her fingerprints, then sent her back to Canada.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection wouldn’t comment on Van Beek’s case but said the rules state: “We rely upon the judgment of our individual CBP officers to use their discretion as to the extent of examination necessary. However, CBP officers are expected to conduct their duties in a professional manner and to treat each traveller with dignity and respect.”
A spokesperson said a strip-search is allowed when there is reason to believe someone is hiding something on his or her body, and the person has to be told the reason.
Van Beek said she wasn’t given a reason.
The lawsuit documents were filed on Feb. 9, 2011.