How Does Someone Get Deported or Detained?
Usually, an alien will get detained either when they are attempting to illegally enter the country at a border crossing that is not a designated border crossing. But that’s one way of running into the border patrol and then, hence, being detained – you know, typically fingerprinted, photographed, and then being process for expeditious removal from the United States. That’s one way. The other way is if one is inside the country but within the border checkpoint. A hundred miles away from the border, it’s lawful for immigration authorities to have fixed checkpoints. Also, if somebody is already inside the country and they’re either here lawfully or illegally and they fail to maintain their status, Immigration may, at one point in time, encounter them and then detain them once they verify that their status is no longer valid. That’s usually how there’s an encounter between immigration law enforcement and an alien.