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Alaska the great land the last American frontier this pristine yet harsh environment tests the limits of man and beast it is the largest of the United States at almost six hundred thousand square miles it is more than twice the size of Texas Alaska borders Canada's British Columbia province and Yukon Territory that border is more than 1500 miles long reaching from the Gulf of Alaska in the south to the Beaufort Sea in the north at the eastern edge of Alaska is one of the most remote ports of entry in the United States where US Customs and Border Protection officers secure the border with Canada the Alcan port of entry in this edition of inside CBP you will see some of the challenges and conditions these officers face every day while working at this unique and isolated port of entry traveling Overland into Alaska thus into the United States must be done through Canada the northernmost year-round operational port of entry is alkanes named for the Alaska Canada highway on which it is located as of the 2021 census alkanes total population is 33 the nearest major city is Fairbanks Alaska almost 300 miles away the port facility and living compound is located just inside a 20-foot swath of land cleared of trees and brush which separates the United States and Canada this border cut as CBP officers refer to it stretches for 710 miles along the hundred 41st Meridian CBP officers work around the clock securing the border while examining persons products and vehicles that enter the United States at this poor Alcan is very remote the people here are very hard-working they're very intelligent they're very knowledgeable they put their lives on the line every day to protect the country and to protect the people in the country they do so under the most extreme conditions Alcan at one point had a temperature of minus 77 degrees today it's been quite a bit warmer than that it's been like minus 40 but it does get quite cold and if it's that cold you don't really want to be out in it any more than you have to these officers on the alkane outpost live in work amongst the plentiful wildlife of the Alaskan interior including bear moose caribou wolf and bison during the summer months Bears frequently enter the compound where the officers and families work and live driving the Alaska Highway and frozen back roads can be treacherous in 2021 two officers lost their lives due to accidents along these roads officer Charles Collins was killed in the line of duty we have to go to other remote sites like Eagle like poker Creek and last year we lost an officer who was enroute to Eagle his vehicle went off the road and he died as a result so it can be very dangerous to be up here because of the isolation of the alkane port CBP officers on duty here take on.


What kinds of information is on a CBP officer's computer at a port of entry?
Machine-readable passports simply fill in the information that is already on the photo page of your passport (your last name, first & middle names, birthday, sex, the issuing country of the passport and the passport number). An old-style machine-readable passport is read optically (similar to a document scanner or camera) by the document reader, with the series of numbers at the bottom of the photo page (“ XXX 123 ”) being decoded by the computer. Biometric passports also prthe computer via the RFID chip in the passport and the RFID scanner in the document reader with the same information, along with a digital version of the photograph on your passport. Alternatively, if there is no document reader or the document reader is not available, the officer can manually key in the information.Below is the PIL query system used by CBP to scan your passport at airports and cruise ship terminals. As stated above, the blank spaces at the top of the screen are filled in by scanning your passport or alternately by manually keying in information. The digital photograph on a biometric passport is displayed in the square on the upper right corner of the screen. The highway PIL query at land borders operates on the same principle - except that the license plate information of the traveler’s vehicle is also entered into the system.After keying in the information, the computer will run the person’s names through various CBP and other law enforcement databases. Databases are kept for both immigration as well as customs violations. Searches are also run through various INTERPOL databases, the FBI’s National Crime Information Center as well as the RCMP’s Canadian Police Information Centre for any wants or warrants as well as criminality that may make the traveler inadmissible.If there is a possible name match, the system will look further at the date of birth and assign a score from 0 to 100. A 100% match is where first, middle and last names are exactly the same as well as the date of birth. Wants and warrants may also come with various cautions - such as “known to escape authority” or “violent” to allow the officer to determine what appropriate action to take.If the traveler requires a visa, the immigration box will also remind the officer to check for a visa. If the passport is detected by the computer to be fraudulent or stolen (from the INTERPOL databases) it will also be notated here.Finally, at the bottom, there are two buttons (not shown in screenshot) - “release” or “refer.” If the traveler is not to be referred to secondary inspection, the officer will click release, stamp the traveler’s passport (except for American and Canadian passports - which are stamped only upon request or at the officer’s discretion) and code the declaration form for the traveler to be released. If the officer decides that the traveler needs to be referred to secondary inspection, refer is clicked, and afterwards, it will ask the officer what type of referral (immigration secondary or customs secondary - both can be checked) and what was the reason for the referral (mandatory - ie. goods to declare or lookout on traveler, or selective - ie. traveler’s story does not add up, officer wants to investigate further). The system also generates random referrals at a 2% rate, and should there be a random referral or a lookout on the traveler, the release button is automatically blocked off. Once the traveler is referred, the officer will notate the daily “hit code” and code the referral reason on the declaration form and direct the traveler to claim his bags. The traveler’s passport will not be stamped because they have not yet been authorized to enter as they are being subject to additional inspection. The point officer (the one guarding the exit and collecting declaration forms from traveler) will check the code on the declaration card, and if the hit code is present, the traveler will be directed into secondary inspection.Regardless of whether or not you have been referred, your passage through the port will be noted into CBP’s database. Any officer on any future trip will be able to pull up the details of this passage, which notes down the date and time of the passage, the location (right down to which lane or self-service kiosk you used), the passport number of the passport used, whether or not you were referred to secondary, if you were referred, the reasons for referral and the end result of the secondary inspection. The user ID of the officer who scanned your passport is also notated down. As part of an agreement with Canada, this information is also shared with the Canada Border Services Agency, and as such entries into the US from Canada are notated as an exit record for Canada (and vice versa) - which makes it easier for Canadian authorities to crack down on potential overstayers or Canadians who are overstating their length of absence in order to claim a duty-free exemption they would in reality not be entitled to when returning to Canada.Source: I am a CBP officer
Is it legal for the CBP officer in the US port of entry location to go through my cell phone content?
With the belief that a Customs and Border Inspector is this nation's first line of defense against foreign threats, Congress has given them as well as Conofficers overseas very broad powers in their decisions as to who they will confer the privilege of entering the United States. And so, a CBP officer can conduct a full scale search of your person and belongings before allowing you to enter. Secondly, while a US airport may be within the geographical confines of United States, that same port of entry may well be thousands of miles away from the US where you have no rights including prohibition against search and seizure, or to an attorney. Also, the visa you got from a US embassy does not guarantee you will in fact be allowed to enter. It is only an application for permission to enter wish can be denied as is done for thousands of foreigners whose visas are revoked each day a US airports and then sent right back from where they came.  Of course, if you do not want your cell phone to be searched, you can withdraw your application for admission in which case you will be sent back . This is not to say you cannot lodge a complaint where a CBP officer has been particularly rude. But you will find that is very unlikely to get him fired. You may ask your own country's embassy to complain to the State Dept.
Will I be denied entry to the US at CBP if I have a debt outstanding?
Immigration officers do not have access to information that would allow them to know whether or not a visiting alien has unpaid civil debts.You can expect problems if you owe unpaid taxes to the IRS or to a State, or if you have unsatisfied family support obligations, but ordinary civil debts are not a factor that ordinarily plays any role in immigration decisions.
When a green card holder is detained by CBP at a port of entry, does he have the right to talk to a lawyer?
I agree with Douglas Ellice. One doesn’t enjoy the same rights when undergoing initial screening or secondary inspection. Howe do I know? I have been through “secondary inspection” when I was an LPR years ago.However, if the CBP decides to “detain” a permanent resident or Citizen, s/he will have to be produced before an Immigration Judge. At that time, one may have access to an attorney.U.S. Customs & Border Protection INFO CenterU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionNote, this is not legal advice. (which should be obvious)If in doubt, check with an immigration attorney !
How does US immigration know when you overstay your visit in the US? I just left the US on a visit, and I was not stamped out as it used to be in other countries. Not even a form filled. Does the UK not stamp you out too?
You now see an extension of a principle tenet of US law applied to immigration: You are presumed innocent until proven guilty. In this case, the US assumes you will leave when your visa expires. Unless you are picked up for some other reason (like breaking the law somewhere) and found to be overstaying your visa, the US assumes you are honest. Most times, you will get away with it unless you cause trouble somewhere. Merely overstaying your visa is not something so serious that anyone will track you down to confirm that you have left.This sort of thing applies to ALL law enforcement in the USA. Robbers and thieves get away with their crime about 90% of the time. But such people tend to keep doing bad things and eventually get caught and convicted. 10% conviction rate is enough to deter most such crimes. People break the law by all the time by speeding, and might only be caught once every few years. The conviction rate is probably a fraction of a percent. At the other end of the spectrum, more serious crimes are pursued more rigorously.. we don’t want murderers running loose.
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