Border Patrol Legal Issues

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What Is the Border Patrol?

The U.S. Border Patrol is a specific subdivision of the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Border Patrol agents have broad powers to enforce various laws, regulations, and policies related to protecting the United States borders. In an immigration law context, Border Patrol performs many different tasks that are directly related to immigration violations and policies.

Some of the tasks that Border Patrol performs can include:

Border Patrol agents are authorized to employ the use of force if necessary. Also, Border Patrol often works in conjunction with other government agencies, such as the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) and local/state/federal law enforcement agencies.

What Are Some Common Border Patrol Legal Issues?

Border Patrol policies have often come under criticism, mainly due to the increased use of force and surveillance after 9/11. Due to the increased strictness surrounding border policies, some legal issues have arisen in connection with border patrol issues.

Some of these may include:

One concern with Border Patrol issues is that non-citizens are often not afforded the same constitutional rights and protections as U.S. citizens. Thus, if you or a loved one is facing any border-related issues, you may wish to speak with an immigration attorney immediately for advice and legal representation. 

Should I Hire a Lawyer for Assistance with Border Patrol Legal Issues?

Border patrol is an important aspect of national security as well as immigration policy. If you or a loved one needs legal assistance for border patrol issues, it’s in your best interests to hire a qualified immigration lawyer. Your attorney can advise you of how to proceed with the legal process, and can also represent you if you’re required to make an appearance in a court of law.

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Last Modified: 12-02-2014 12:12 PM PST

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