Killing cows is against the law, and in many Gawd-fiyaring Free Nations such as Texas or Kansas or Bihar, if u violate the law u die. Watch "Marshall Dillon" for explanation pls. That's why they have "Boot Hill". A landfill where they pile the dead bodies and boots stick out of the weeds.
Now let us analyze this gem:
A CBP spokeswoman said the searches affected less than one hundredth of 1% of travelers to the US and that they were “often integral to a determination of an individual’s intentions upon entry”.
“They are critical to the detection of evidence relating to terrorism and other national security matters, human and bulk cash smuggling, contraband, and child *****. They can also reveal information about financial and commercial crimes, such as those relating to copyright, trademark and export control violations,” she said.
Let's see the misuse of the word "often". IOW, she is saying:
We harass a whole bunch of people, and SOMETIMES this is based on common sense.
The NASA engineer had no "intentions upon entry" that they needed to "determine" - he is a US citizen. So why was he stopped? The Constitution does not allow police to harass law-abiding people based on the idea that "sometimes" (meaning of "often") the polis are idiots who cannot figure out that a citizen is allowed to return to the country unless specifically exiled by some Constitutional process.
Then she goes into "evidence relating to terrorism and other national security matters". So she is using the opportunity to slander innocents.
Then she gets into "human and bulk cash smuggling". Through a CELLPHONE? LAPTOP COMPUTER?
Now we get into "financial and commercial crimes, such as those relating to copyright, trademark violations" When did these become the province of the Customs and Border Control?
"and export control" OK, so that is the error that the Govt made in giving these people authority to search without warrants. That's what she is using to rationalize the general sweetness of all the other prejudices that their officers have.
The way to summarize her statement is:
"Most of the time, the people stopped and harassed by our Border Goons are completely innocent, and hence this is a gross violation of the Constitution. But hey, we need something to pass the time."
I will tell you why the NASA guys was stopped. He looked non-white. So when they found out he works for NASA JPL they looked for some way to get him fired. A "conviction" for any of these wide array of things would mean the end of his professional life and these worthies know that. It was racism, simple.