Customs agents don’t like being on camera. That’s pretty obvious. But what do the rules actually say? What’s the official policy about taking pictures?
I wanted to find out. So, I sent in a Freedom of Information Act request asking for “all documents describing CBP's [Customs and Border Protection] policy and rules on photography and video and/or audio recording within CBP port of entry property, including but not limited to CBP's official written policy, official rules and regulations, standard operating procedures, and training materials. I request all documents, emails, and memos containing information regarding when or under what circumstances a person may be detained and/or arrested for violation of CBP's policy on photography and video and/or audio recording, and what penalties may be imposed on a person for violation of the aforementioned policy.”