Phone searches when entering the U.S.

On December 3, 2018 the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) published the findings of its audit of U.S. Customs and Border Protections’ searches of electronic devices at U.S. ports of entry. The OIG found that officers were inadequately supervised to ensure that searches were properly documented. As a result, the OIG further found that… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 13

She’s just a friend A Dutch traveler arrived by air in Detroit claiming that he was en route to Las Vegas to visit a friend. The inspecting officer asked him (1) if he was looking for work in the US, and (2) if he and his “friend” had talked about getting married. The traveler answered… Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 7

At JFK a traveler from the Dominican Republic was questioned about his “criminal history.” During secondary inspection, inspecting officers learned that he “got picked up by DEA” the last time he was in the US. According to the traveler, they let him go after two hours. The officer then looks at the camera and says “If he’s been convicted of anything… he’s not admissible.” Read More

Border Security America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 2

If a CBP officer determines that a Canadian applying for admission to the U.S. is not “clearly and beyond a doubt entitled to be admitted” then she may be returned to Canada pending a removal proceeding. Alternatively, CBP officers have discretion to allow withdrawal of an application for admission to the U.S. Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 11

In this episode of Border Security two segments show travelers from Canada applying for admission to the US in visitor status. In one segment, the travelers were able to convince the inspecting officer that they would only be engaged in legitimate activities while in the US. In the other, the evidence the traveler presented suggested that he would engage in unauthorized employment, and thus his application for admission was denied. Read More

Border Security: America’s Front Line – Season 1, Episode 8

This show is available on Netflix, and is worth watching for anyone practicing U.S. immigration law because the penalties presented on camera are far less severe than the actual penalties that the travelers likely suffered. While not necessarily deliberate, the picture presented to viewers may set up unwitting travelers to a game of ‘gotcha’ at the port of… Read More