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Old 10-11-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Europe
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I always wonder something about airports in USA and the "selection" that immigraton police does in customs.

It is very usual that many tourists are stopped some hours in the airport before the police check the passport, some of them are selected and then they/we go to a little room until the "problem" is solved.

This happened to us once in Miami, we had to wait 3 hours until they gave our passports back and could continue our holidays. In NY I didn't have any problem at all.

My questions are:

What are the main reason police has to stop people?
What do they check before giving your passport back?
Do they send back to their countries to many tourists?

PS. We don't have any criminal history!! (in my case)
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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Given the number of foreign travelers arriving on any given day and the number of those actually detained for more than a moment or two, it's actually quite UNusual for tourists to be stopped.

Obviously you did something that made them proceed with caution. They don't just grab random people and hold them for hours on end for no reason.
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Old 10-12-2012, 12:17 AM
 
Location: Miami/ Washington DC
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Long interactions are not random. They didn't like something it could be something as simple as not checking a box or to on your immigration card to a fake passport. While you are waiting they are taking care of everyone else. They check lots of stuff like criminal history and all your immigration history. They may ask you questions to make sure your story makes sense etc.. The vast majority of people don't get stopped. If there is a good enough reason like a fake passport they can be sent directly back to their country.

At borders there are no rights for visitors and citizens they can search and detain you all they want for any reason.
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Old 10-12-2012, 03:36 AM
 
Location: Europe
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In my plane they stopped like 30 people :\ in our case it was something to do the passport. We noticed that some of us had the same surname. Maybe they were looking for someone with that surmane.
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Limbo
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I always wonder something about airports in USA and the "selection" that immigraton police does in customs.

It is very usual that many tourists are stopped some hours in the airport before the police check the passport, some of them are selected and then they/we go to a little room until the "problem" is solved.

This happened to us once in Miami, we had to wait 3 hours until they gave our passports back and could continue our holidays. In NY I didn't have any problem at all.

My questions are:

What are the main reason police has to stop people?
What do they check before giving your passport back?
Do they send back to their countries to many tourists?

PS. We don't have any criminal history!! (in my case)
I usually have a problem too, as an American. When I land in a foreign country, my passport is flagged and they drag me for questioning once I pass customs/immigration. It is really getting on my nerves these days...
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