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To be fair, these searches were prior to entering the United States.

In the United States, such an act would clearly be against the 4th Amendment. It was less clear here.

But the searches are being done by agents of the government, the constitution limits what the government can do

What do you mean? The searches happened at US ports of entry on US soil and were conducted by agents of the US government. In many cases the victims were US citizens. It was already a clear 4th amendment violation; the court has merely affirmed that.

I understood that someone was denied entry to the U.S. based on a search; i.e. they couldn't enter the U.S.

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