Being Detained Part 5
Because most illegal aliens stick to themselves
-- even if they have been in the United States on and off for
decades -- they usually have absolutely no real concept of America
or even knowledge of the city in which they live. They are not
interested in the United States. They have a family back home
and they are here only to make money to send home. Further, mentally
they are operating under the laws and rules of their home country
even though they are here and have been here for decades. Driving
without a driving license or running from a traffic accident or
petty theft are usually all normal activities in their home country.
The Border Patrol Agent may ask to see any proof
of citizenship you may possess. The US Border Patrol uses various
aids in determining whether the documents provided to an Agent
by you are real or forgeries. One such aid is M-396 Rev 8/98 A
Guide To Selected US Travel ID Documents.
If you hand him a false ID and he detects that it
is a false ID then you may soon have certain dramatic and quite
personal issues to deal with.
At some point during your detainment the Border
Patrol Agent may take out a plastic card and read you your rights
under US law. The federal version of the "Miranda Rights" list
is the I-214 form.
The exact wording of the "Miranda Rights" statement
was not specified by the United States Supreme Court and so American
law enforcement and federal agencies have all created their own
sets of simple statements.
The federal I-214 is offered in English and Spanish.
What they all says is:
1. You have the right to remain silent.
2. Anything you say can be used against you in
a court of law.
3. You have the right to have an attorney present
now and during any future questioning.
4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be
appointed to you free of charge.