Can I use my foreign passport to travel within the USA without getting stopped or deported.

I am traveling from Florida Miami to San Francisco Iv used this in the past from San Francisco to Los Angeles with no problem but it’s been getting pretty strict lately...

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    There isn't enough information here to give a concrete answer. Is there reason to be stopped or deported? Are you solely a foreign national, or a dual U.S. and foreign national? – gparyani Nov 20 '18 at 11:53
  • Not a dual just foreign – William Nov 20 '18 at 15:16
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    This is like asking, "If I walk out of a shop, can I be arrested?" The answer is "If you did something wrong, maybe, yes. But walking out of a shop is not, in and of itself, a reason to be arrested." But asking the question that way makes it sound like you stole something. – David Richerby Nov 20 '18 at 15:57
  • What are you traveling by? Plane? Foot? Car? Bus? Train? Hot air balloon? – NicolasB Nov 20 '18 at 16:29

Using a foreign passport to travel in the USA will not by itself cause you to get stopped or deported. For example, US Border Patrol can stop you at an interior checkpoint regardless of any document you may or may not be carrying.

Similarly, if you are stopped, you will be liable to be deported, or not, regardless of whether you have a foreign passport in your possession. If you are a dual national of the US and another country, you are not deportable from the US. If you are a foreigner and deportable under 8 USC 1227, traveling without your passport will not protect you from deportation. If you are a foreigner who is not deportable under 8 USC 1227, traveling without your passport will not make you liable to deportation.

Using the foreign passport to pass through a TSA checkpoint could increase the chance that you would be investigated by a Border Patrol agent. As far as I'm aware, Border Patrol only monitors TSA checkpoints at a small number of airports that are within 100 miles of a land border, such as McAllen and Brownsville in Texas.

Border Patrol also sometimes investigates bus and train passengers within 100 miles of a land border. As with the highway checkpoints, these investigations typically start by asking the passenger about citizenship, so carrying the passport or not won't have much effect on the outcome of the investigation.

Except for the highway checkpoints and transportation hubs near the land borders, your chance of encountering Border Patrol is very small. Other officers are unlikely to investigate your immigration status.

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