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Border Entry Rules

Border entry into the United States became much stricter in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Despite these new protections, immigrants can still enter the country if they fill out the appropriate paperwork beforehand and follow the rules set forth by the U.S. government. Federal agencies, most notably the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) division, are tasked with balancing the need for security with the desire for an efficient and welcoming border entry system. This section covers the basics of U.S. border entry and outlines the main procedures and requirements for entering the country.

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