Border Patrol Laws, Part 14
(c) Conduct of arrests.
(1) Authority. Only designated immigration officers are authorized to make an arrest. The list of
designated immigration officers varies depending on the type of arrest as listed in § 287.5(c)(1) through (c)(5).
(2) General procedures.
(i) An arrest shall be made only when the designated immigration officer has reason to believe that
the person to be arrested has committed an offense against the United States or is an alien illegally
in the United States.
(ii) A warrant of arrest shall be obtained whenever possible prior to the arrest.
(iii) At the time of the arrest, the designated immigration officer shall, as soon as it is practical and
safe to do so:
(A) Identity himself or herself as an immigration officer who is authorized to execute an arrest–
(B) State that the person is under arrest and the reason for the arrest.
(iv) With respect to an alien arrested and administratively charged with being in the United States
in violation of law, the arresting officer shall adhere to the procedures set forth in § 287.3 if the
arrest is made without a warrant, and to the procedures set forth in § 242.2(c)(2) of this chapter if
the arrest is made with a warrant.
(v) With respect to a person arrested and charged with a criminal violation of the laws of the
United States, the arresting officer shall advise the person of the appropriate rights as required by
law at the time of the arrest, or as soon thereafter as practicable. It is the duty of the immigration
officer to assure that the warnings are given in a language the subject understands, and that the
subject acknowledges that the warnings are understood. The fact that a person has been advised of
his or her rights shall be documented on appropriate Service forms and made a part of the arrest
(vi) Every person arrested and charged with a criminal violation of the laws of the United States
shall be brought without unnecessary delay before a United States magistrate judge, a United
States district judge or, if necessary, a judicial officer empowered in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §
3041 to commit persons charged with such crimes. Accordingly, the immigration officer shall
contact an Assistant United States Attorney to arrange for an initial appearance.
of America with a secure border.