All arriving travelers are subject to inspection by a CBP officer prior to entering the United States. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for conducting immigration inspections at America’s 329 Ports of Entry with the goal of excluding those that are not eligible for entry, while ensuring the entry of lawful travelers. With the recent terrorist attacks and the increased focus on maintaining security during immigration screening, there are more concerns than ever about making sure that only eligible nonimmigrants enter the U.S. As a result, it is particularly important for travelers to know what to do at the airport when they arrive and speak with CBP personnel.
One of the biggest obstacles for undocumented immigrants seeking permanent residency is the fact that they entered the US illegally. The unlawful entry often prohibits them from getting a green card even if they have a family member who could sponsor them. However, there are some very unique exceptions. One of those involves Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.