Civil rights lawyer and Georgetown University School of Law adjunct professor Arjun Sethi tweets that Customs and Border Protection officers are reportedly questioning people waiting for arriving passengers.
The most obvious explanation for this is that the stories of those picking up passengers can be compared to people going through immigration. In other words, what you say can be used to incriminate the friends or family you’re picking up at the airport.
Sethi advises not to speak to officers if approached. I would modify that advice somewhat. If you identify yourself and refuse to speak, your identification could be used to infer whom you’re meeting. And knowing that a passenger being met by someone unwilling to speak to government officers could be itself cast suspicion and be used as the pretext for additional questioning and detention.
My advice is if you appear to a government officer ‘to be Muslim,’ or are meeting someone that is either coming from a majority Muslim country or with a Muslim-sounding name, you are best off not waiting for them at airport arrivals. Have them contact you once they’re through US customs and meet at that point.