1) Whose border guards searched the items? US? Canada? - They were canadian.
2) Are your parents American or Canadian citizens? - My parents live here in Alaska, but my sister is a student in Canada.
This whole situation makes me feel disgusted. I will continue to monitor this thread to see what other people have to say. Makes me sick to my stomach that this could happen here in the great old U S of A one day in our near future. That's just me ranting though.
Were they complete Jerks to you? They yelled at my mom and threatened that "very bad things could happen..." if she didn't tell them the "truth". How many times had you crossed the border previously? Due to my sister living in Canada at the moment we have all crossed the border at least twice a year for the last 2 years. Wonder if that had anything to do with it?