CBP Officer

CBP Officer

CBPGuy

4 Years Experience

SouthWest, US

Male, 25

I am a U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officer on the southwest border between Mexico and the United States. I know the ins and outs of the job as seen on TV/News and things intentionally hidden from the media! There's more to this job than "Anything to declare?" I dont know all but I'll do my best to answer any questions you have! All answers are my opinion, and my opinion only!

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Last Answer on June 16, 2017

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I had to pay a $500 fine for having less than a gram of marijuana in my car (friends stuff). I got the fine since it was my car. Is this on my record, and will it affect future elligibility for immigration/permanent residence? Is this a "conviction"?

Asked by Canadian about 2 years ago

It's hard to give you an accurate answer because I did not process your case. But, I will give you my opinion on what I THINK they might have done.

It looks like they cut you a HUGE break. Technically, if it's in your car, it's yours. I'm honestly surprised they didn't cancel your visa/deny entry, which is why I say they gave you a break.

More than likely, you were not arrested and they did not give you an FBI number so it will not show on a criminal record. It seems like they handled everything "in house". So, they issued you a fine and you probably have a record in our system only. You may be searched every time you enter. If you dont eventually pay the fine, your visa could eventually be canceled or you won't be able to obtain another one. I don't think this issue will affect you in any way other than when you cross the border.

When an individual is detained after trying to ewi will they be deported/ thrown back/ or sign a voluntary departure? Do you guys have a set procedure?

Asked by Curious almost 3 years ago

There is no SET procedure, it just depends on the Officer working the case and the Supervisors/Chiefs making a decision on if it would be in the interest of justice to just have them voluntarily return. Expeditiously Removing someone "Throw back" takes a lot more paperwork and a lot more man hours to complete, rather than a simple form for a voluntary departure. Either way, they are still getting fingerprinted and photographed.

If you ran the Southern border for a year and had an unlimited budget, what investments or upgrades would you make?

Asked by j.j. almost 3 years ago

I think we need more officers and dogs. Officers are constantly getting forced doubles on a regular basis. Doing this, you kill the moral of the Officers which negatively impact both job performance and interactions with the public. When you have more Officers, more drugs will get caught and people would potentially be treated better. Speaking of drugs, the dogs are an INCREDIBLE tool. Our dogs are regarded as the best in the world for finding drugs; other countries' governments come train their dogs with ours.

If you have Permanent Resident card, how can lying about a criminal conviction hurt you with traveling across border? Will you know if someone lied before?

Asked by Canadian Stallion about 2 years ago

When we take your fingerprints, all of your arrest records from anywhere in the country can be viewed. As a Legal Permanent Resident, if you committed certain crimes, we can set you up with an NTA to see a judge for formal removal proceedings. In other words, you will lose your Resident status and be deported back to your country of citizenship.

Only if the officer decided to put notes in the system about you lying before, then yes we will know.

Thanks for the response! What is your advice on following up with this. Request records via FOIA? Call them&ask? I just want to know if this will ever show up on top level checks. I need credentialing for my profession soon. Misdemeanour is no good!

Asked by Canadian about 2 years ago

The port won't give you any answers, legally they are not allowed to. You can submit a FOIA request but you may also get vague answers with that as well. I can almost guarantee, by the information you provided, you were not given any criminal record by us. It's more than likely they just wrote you a fine and sent you on your way. Hope this helps.

Does CBP have a policy re: racial profiling? I know that it's illegal for employment or housing decisions but when it comes to Homeland Security, doesn't doing SOME profiling simply make good sense, statistically?

Asked by Lou almost 3 years ago

Racial profiling is illegal for all law enforcement agencies in the United States. The Department of Homeland Security does allow "targeting". What I mean by this, is that certain countries around the world that are known to be hosts for terrorist organizations are scrutinized further when their citizens are attempting to enter the United States. This all starts from when they are trying to obtain a Visa from the State Department to when they approach a CBP Officer to apply for admission.

I meant I have a student visa from Australia & I was in the US with a valid B2 multiple entry good for 10 years. I stayed for 5mo&5wks. It has been 2 mos since I left the US. I want to visit again before my class starts in August here in Thailand.

Asked by Travelbug almost 2 years ago

You will probably be asked several questions as to why you were in the United States for such an extended period of time. It's not normal for a person to be on vacation for 6 months in another country. Be prepared to provide proof of economic solvency to justify your entry into the United States again.