I am an Australian. My wife and I traveled to the US (Los Angeles) for the first time in April 2009. Just for a holiday. I landed at LAX. At customs, I presented my passport for inspection, was fingerprinted etc. Another customs officers arrived and told me to follow him. I was taken to a room with about 30 chairs in it and about 7 other people. I was then spoken to a customs officer who accused me of being in the US 3 months before and not to lie about it. I asked what the problem was and I was very rudely informed I did not need to know! I sat there for an hour before being given back my passport and told "welcome to the United States." I again asked what the problem was but the officer refused to answer. I have since traveled to the Los Angeles in March 2010 and November 2010. Each time just on holiday for a week. Every time I present at customs for my passport to get checked, I am taken to this other room and made to wait. I always get back my passport and am allowed to continue on my way. The thing that really gets me is on all 3 occasions, the customs officers refuse to tell me why this is happening. I don't have a criminal record, I am in fact a Police Officer of 20 years in Australia. I am traveling to the US in August 2011 for a birthday and I am getting very worried that I will eventually be refused entry.
Has anyone else had this happen to them and more importantly do you know why?