Is US Immigration empowered to prevent a US passport holder from entering the country?

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  • 4 weeks ago
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    NO.

    A CITIZEN can enter their own country.

    At the Port of Entry after formal admission into the country the Passport holder could be arrested and held by many different police agencies BEFORE they are allowed out of the Port of Entry controlled space.

    A CITIZEN does not NEED a passport to enter but it is an easy way to prove your citizenship. Border officials have other ways to confirm citizenship in case a citizen loses their passport while away. Consulates might have issued for example an emergency travel document for the purpose of getting this person back to the USA.

    Leaving the Port of Entry a free person or one in custody is a separate issue from not having or having a passport.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Not really. If he lost his passport on the flight, he may be detained 'til his identity has been established. But once that has happened, he is being admitted into the country.

  • 4 weeks ago

    No country can bar its citizens from returning to their own country. Of course, they must have their currently valid passports, proof of citizenship, to enter.

  • 4 weeks ago

    i would think they are

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  • Toast
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    4 weeks ago

    Yes, they do have that power. 

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