border search

border search
Search conducted by immigration or customs officials at borders of the country to prevent and to detect illegal entry. Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C.A. No. 1357. Almeida-Sanchez v. U. S., 413 U.S. 266, 93 S.Ct. 2535, 37 L.Ed.2d 596.
Any person or thing coming into the United States is subject to search by that fact alone, whether or not there be any suspicion of illegality directed to the particular person or thing to be searched. United States v. Odland, 502 F.2d 148; Camara v. Municipal Court, 387 U.S. 523, 87 S.Ct. 1727, 18 L.Ed.2d 930.
To qualify as a "border search," a search must occur at the border or at the functional equivalent of the border. U.S. v. Lonabaugh, C.A.Tex., 494 F.2d 1257, 1260.
See also border

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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