Know your rights - Rights at airports and other ports of entry into the United States

Know your rights - Rights at airports and other ports of entry into the United States

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Unformatted text preview: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOWYOURRIGHTS KNOW YOUR RIGHTS WHEN ENCOUNTERING LAW ENFORCEMENT This booklet addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers. This booklet is for citizens and non-citizens with extra information for non-citizens in a separate section. Another sec- tion covers what can happen to you at airports and other points of entry into the United States. The last section discusses concerns you may have related to your charitable contributions and reli- gious or political beliefs. This booklet tells you about your basic rights. It is not a substitute for legal advice. You should contact an attorney if you have been arrested or believe that your rights have been violated. KNOWYOURRIGHTS V. RIGHTS AT AIRPORTS AND OTHER PORTS OF ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES REMEMBER: I It t i is s i il ll le eg ga al l f fo or r l la aw w e en nf fo or rc ce em me en nt t o of ff fi ic ce er rs s t to o p pe er rf fo or rm m a an ny y s st to op ps s, , s se ea ar rc ch he es s, , d de et te en nt ti io on ns s o or r r re em mo ov va al ls s b ba as se ed d s so ol le el ly y o on n y yo ou ur r r ra ac ce e, , n na at ti io on na al l o or ri ig gi in n, , r re el li ig gi io on n, , s se ex x o or r e et th hn ni ic ci it ty y. . H Ho ow we ev ve er r, , C Cu us st to om ms s a an nd d B Bo or rd de er r P Pr ro ot te ec ct ti io on n o of ff fi ic ci ia al ls s c ca an n s st to op p y yo ou u b ba as se ed d o on n c ci it ti iz ze en ns sh hi ip p o or r t tr ra av ve el l i it ti in ne er ra ar ry y a at t t th he e b bo or rd de er r a an nd d s se ea ar rc ch h a al ll l b ba ag gs s. . Q: What types of officers could I encounter at the airport and at the border? A: You may encounter any of the full range of law enforcement officers listed above in Section I. In particular, at airports and at the border you are likely to encounter customs agents, immigration officers, and Transportation and Safety Administration (TSA) officers. Q: If I am entering the U.S. with valid travel papers, can law enforcement officers stop and search me? A: Yes. Customs officers have the right to stop, detain and search any person or item. But officers cannot select you for a personal search based on your race, gender, religious or ethnic background. If you are a non-citizen, you should carry your green card or other valid immigration status documents at all times. Q: Can law enforcement officers ask questions about my immigration status? A: Yes. At airports, law enforcement officers have the power to determine whether or not you have the right or permission to enter or return to the U.S....
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This note was uploaded on 07/03/2008 for the course LAW 1 taught by Professor Law during the Spring '08 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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Know your rights - Rights at airports and other ports of entry into the United States

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