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A friend had a bachelor party in San Diego and while there we decided to head off a strip club in Tijuana, Mexico for a couple of hours.

We were a party of about 15 guys (all of them US citizens except me - I am a permanent resident).

On our way back, the driver of the rented limousine we rode in asked us to pass over our ID's or drivers licenses to him to hand over to the CBP.

The CBP officer checked ONLY the drivers licenses (came over to the door and called out our names and matched our faces to the IDs and ushered us back into the US).

He checked some things on his computer prior to coming to the door of our car. He never scanned our fingerprints etc (like they do at the airpports) or asked any questions.

I thought this was a bit odd as I expected my green card and passport (I had it on me) to be checked but that didn't happen.

When I got home, I checked to see if this was the norm and everything on the CBP site said only passports and Green cards were used to border crossings even if by land.

So now I'm freaking out and don't know if I committed an offense or something.I don't know how the CBP officer just processed us all in with just IDs.

I would like to know if this is usual or if I am in trouble of some sort? If I am, what do I have to do? call USCIS, CBP etc.?

If not, doesn't this seem way too easy to get folks into the US? (The IDs could have been fake and we could have had illegals in the limousine etc.)

The limousine was dark and I doubt he really made out our faces clearly in the dark car.

Any advise would be very much appreciated!

Thanks in advance.


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You didn't do anything wrong! Definitely keep your greencard etc with you though, because next time, you may get a more strict border/ immigration officer.

CBP has some discretion as to how close they look; for example, people can easily be hidden in the trunk of normal cars, but very few are asked to pull aside/ open the trunk at border crossings. CBP officers are trained to look for certain tell tale signs, nervousness etc.


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Driver's licenses and ID cards aren't valid entry documents - unless they're "Enhanced" licenses which are only issued by a handful of states and for which you must be a US citizen to obtain.

LPRs are only required to show their green cards when re-entering the US. A passport is optional.

It doesn't sound like standard operating procedure was being followed at this border checkpoint. That's more CBP's problem and not yours.

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You did not do anything wrong.

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CBP has discretion in what documents to use for identification. You're fine!


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You were lucky..


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You were lucky..

I'm not sure if it's luck than it being more of a security issue.

I had my passport and GC with me and would have presented it if he had asked but he never asked for IDs.

I am just wondering why the check was so lax. I just feel like it could have been a fake ID used by an illegal, we could have had drugs on us etc. I expected at least fingerprint scans like they do at the airport but none of that happened. He just checked our IDs on his computer for sometime, came around to the door of the car, mentioned each person's name and matched their face to the photo on the ID..and that was all!

Regardless, it's good to know I am not in any form of trouble for not using a correct ID to enter as the CBP guy didn't demand it from anyone.


~AOS~

01/14/2014 - Mailed AOS Package by Fedex to Chicago Lockbox facility.
Day 01 01/16/2014 - package delivered
Day 06 01/21/2014 - e-mails about receipt of package and receipt numbers for all three
Day 07 01/22/2014 - Case status updates online: I-130 - initial Review, I-765 - initial Review, I-485 - Acceptance
Day 10 01/25/2014 - Received paper NOAs in the mailbox
Day 15 01/30/2014 - Received Biometrics Appointment letter (scheduled for 02/11/2014)
Day 16 01/31/2014 - Successful Biometrics walk in at Portland USCIS office
Day 35 02/19/2014 - Online status for I-485 changed to Testing and Interview
Day 63 03/19/2014 - Online status for I-765 changed to EAD in card production.
Day 69 03/25/2014 - EAD card mailed (Online status update with tracking number)
Day 71 03/27/2014 - EAD card received in mail.

Day 184 07/18/2014 - Received Text and Email notifications for Interview scheduled for (08/21/2014).

Day 197 07/31/2014 - Received Interview Appointment letter in mailbox (Interview date: 09/05/2014).

Day 233 09/05/2014 - AOS Interview @ Portland USCIS [short Interview - Approved!!!]

Day 233 09/05/2014 - Received Text and email notifications of Green card in Production.

Day 239 09/11/2014 - 2 YR Green card received!!!!.

 

~ROC~

06/09/2016 - Mailed I-751 by USPS to USCIS California Service Center

Day 01   06/10/2016 - Package Delivered (Signed for by : N Lakelieh)

Day 07   06/16/2016 - NOA1 Received (Dated 06/10/2016)

Day 14   06/23/2016 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (scheduled for 07/06/2016)

Day 23   07/06/2016 - Completed Biometrics appointment

Day 392 07/06/2017 - Received email notifications of approval and Green card in Production.

Day 396 07/06/2017 - Received email/text notifications of Green Card mailed.

Day 403 07/13/2017 - 10 YR Green card received!!!!.

 

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I'm not sure if it's luck than it being more of a security issue.

I had my passport and GC with me and would have presented it if he had asked but he never asked for IDs.

I am just wondering why the check was so lax. I just feel like it could have been a fake ID used by an illegal, we could have had drugs on us etc. I expected at least fingerprint scans like they do at the airport but none of that happened. He just checked our IDs on his computer for sometime, came around to the door of the car, mentioned each person's name and matched their face to the photo on the ID..and that was all!

Regardless, it's good to know I am not in any form of trouble for not using a correct ID to enter as the CBP guy didn't demand it from anyone.

You are not in trouble...you are stretching with the fake ID. I don't have much training like a CBP officer but I can spot lots of fake IDs just from my TABC training.

So the CBP officer may have been very relaxed in carrying out his duties but I bet a fake ID wouldn't have got you through.


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CR- 1

Interview :  11/15/2016

Result: AP  (form 221 (g))

Correspondence with Embassy: Tons of emails, Facebook posts, tweets, Congressman inquiry

Complaint letter with OIG : 12/29/2016

Case dispatched to diplomatic pouch : 01/11/2017

Case dispatched from diplomatic mail service to NVC : 01/23/2017

Case arrived at NVC: 01/26/2017

NVC sent case to USCIS : 02/09/2017 (system update)

Case receive by USCIS (text & email notification): 03/07/2017

 

Reaffirm Petition Timeline for folks in GHANA.. Please update your information..Thank you!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1k0NXnbJdyEIRR1_Dr4t3yXmsM0tBbq-tZsj0-o3cMV0/edit?usp=sharing

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I am just wondering why the check was so lax.

Being in a limo maybe played a part..?


USCIS

January 16, 2015 I-130 Mailed, Chi lockbox January 20, 2015 Priority Date, January 21, 2015 NOA1 notice date, Assigned VSC, January 23, 2015 Check Cashed, electronically March 5, 2015 NOA2

NVC

March 27, 2015 NVC received April 6, 2015 Case#, IIN# assigned April 8, 2015 Paid AOS + IV fee Invoices May 5, 2015 AOS + IV package submitted May 11, 2015 Scan Date

June 11, 2015 DS-260 submitted June 25, 2015 False checklist (for ds260).. hello? June 30, 2015 Answered checklist Aug 5, 2015 Escalated to Supervisor review Aug 13, 2015 Case Complete

Consular

Sept 10, 2015 Interview Scheduled Sept 11, 2015 P4 Letter received Sept 21, 2015 file In transit from NVC Sept 23, 2015 file at Embassy

Sept 28, 2015 Medical Oct 14, 2015 Biometrics Oct 15, 2015 Interview (Approved) Oct 19, 2015 IV visa Issued Oct 23, 2015 Passport Pickup

POE

Nov 2, 2015 Entered the US Nov 16, 2015 Applied for SSN, walk-in Nov 20, 2015 Social Security Card recd Jan 15, 2016 GC received

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You are not in trouble...you are stretching with the fake ID. I don't have much training like a CBP officer but I can spot lots of fake IDs just from my TABC training.

So the CBP officer may have been very relaxed in carrying out his duties but I bet a fake ID wouldn't have got you through.

I will agree with you on that. Perhaps they are trained to spot a fake and check for things not obvious to an untrained eye like mine.

Thanks for your input.


~AOS~

01/14/2014 - Mailed AOS Package by Fedex to Chicago Lockbox facility.
Day 01 01/16/2014 - package delivered
Day 06 01/21/2014 - e-mails about receipt of package and receipt numbers for all three
Day 07 01/22/2014 - Case status updates online: I-130 - initial Review, I-765 - initial Review, I-485 - Acceptance
Day 10 01/25/2014 - Received paper NOAs in the mailbox
Day 15 01/30/2014 - Received Biometrics Appointment letter (scheduled for 02/11/2014)
Day 16 01/31/2014 - Successful Biometrics walk in at Portland USCIS office
Day 35 02/19/2014 - Online status for I-485 changed to Testing and Interview
Day 63 03/19/2014 - Online status for I-765 changed to EAD in card production.
Day 69 03/25/2014 - EAD card mailed (Online status update with tracking number)
Day 71 03/27/2014 - EAD card received in mail.

Day 184 07/18/2014 - Received Text and Email notifications for Interview scheduled for (08/21/2014).

Day 197 07/31/2014 - Received Interview Appointment letter in mailbox (Interview date: 09/05/2014).

Day 233 09/05/2014 - AOS Interview @ Portland USCIS [short Interview - Approved!!!]

Day 233 09/05/2014 - Received Text and email notifications of Green card in Production.

Day 239 09/11/2014 - 2 YR Green card received!!!!.

 

~ROC~

06/09/2016 - Mailed I-751 by USPS to USCIS California Service Center

Day 01   06/10/2016 - Package Delivered (Signed for by : N Lakelieh)

Day 07   06/16/2016 - NOA1 Received (Dated 06/10/2016)

Day 14   06/23/2016 - Received Biometrics Appointment Letter (scheduled for 07/06/2016)

Day 23   07/06/2016 - Completed Biometrics appointment

Day 392 07/06/2017 - Received email notifications of approval and Green card in Production.

Day 396 07/06/2017 - Received email/text notifications of Green Card mailed.

Day 403 07/13/2017 - 10 YR Green card received!!!!.

 

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