Border Patrol Agents can operate anywhere within the United States — including Hawaii and Alaska and even Puerto Rico (in their vernacular it’s the Ramey Sector). You might not normally see Border Patrol Agents in Kansas but that sure doesn’t mean they aren’t there; they are.
If a Border Patrol Agent stops you, your actions and reactions to the Agent’s questions can and will determine how long and how involved the interview will be.
The Agent will stop you because he has
reasonable suspicion that you-the-pedestrian or you-the-occupant-of-a-vehicle is an illegal alien or is involved in
criminal activity. The Border Patrol Agent must notice that you are different from
innocent persons engaged in similar but legal behavior.
But to the Agent, his
reasonable suspicion is the
;sole authority for your
detention. To the Agent,
reasonable suspicion may be engendered by:
Unusual reaction to uniformed officers
The Agent’s experience regarding the time and place and traffic and area in which the suspicious activity has been observed.
Electronic detection of your presence (yes, they have thousands of sensors along the border).
Physical evidence linking the subject to illegal border crossing (bits of your shirt hanging on the border fence will do).
When a Border Patrol Agent has
reasonable suspicion that you are an illegal alien or that you were or are engaged in
criminal activity then he can
stop you. This
detention can last for a reasonable time while the Border Patrol Agent conducts a lawful
investigative activity to quickly confirm or dispel their suspicion.
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