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Question Changing the Port of Entry to avoid Rude Officers

Hey guys.
I really need some advice here. I got a five years multiple entry B1 visa. Went to states a few months back for CS and observerahip, spent four months there. While exiting I was stopped at the plane door by the customs and border control guy, he asked a million questions. He got me completely off guard as I wasn't expecting that on exit. I was a nervous wreck while the officer was very rude. He wouldn't let me explain and almost yelled at me a few times. Not satisfied with my answers, he took me to a corner, two more officers came and went through my stuff and even my wallet. Then I was let go and told that I was 'randomly' selected for screening.
Now I have to go back for interviews. Somebody told me to not choose new York and DC airports as they are notorious for such events. Other said New York would actually be better since loads of IMGs fly in through JFK and the officers would be more aware of the interview season.
Any suggestions? I really don't know what to do.
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I myself have noticed that New York airport officers are very rude with Middle Eastern or just Eastern nationals.

Choosing another airport would sound reasonable to avoid them.

But, by the way, you have nothing illegal and they can't do anything to you, do not be carried out by their stupidity, just keep smiling. If I were you, I wouldn't even think about it as long as am legal and has nothing to hide.

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Thanks for the reply!
What really bothers me is his response to my answers, like he asked me if I planned on visiting again, I said yes for residency interviews, to which he said "oh so you're iews for the coming again for a job"!!! I said not a job, the interviews for the residency, to which he said "well its the same thing"!!
I don't mind being questioned as I didn't overstay or any other violation but again, at this point, don't want everything to be ruined because of something stupid like that.
I've been told to arrive through Houston, any recommendations?
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I've been traveling to the US around twice a year for the past 5 years. My port-of-entry has almost always been the San Francisco airport. I never had any problem or saw anyone being treated like that. I recommend this airport. But, of course, we'll never really be sure. We'll just hope for the best.

The key is to look confident. Smile. Don't look like a scared or anxious tourist. Before you face the immigration officer, go to the bathroom first and freshen up (esp. after the hours-long flight). Tell yourself you can do it. Rehearse in your head the answers to the possible questions he may ask so you won't be at a loss for words.

Good luck!!
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Hi
I have stayed in the US for 6 months and travelled a few places.
I dont know if everybody would notice it. However from my experience west coast people are more friendly as compared to the east coast. Not to mention mid west is inhabited by the nicest people on this planet. I would love to do my residency there. Despite the cold climate, I liked the warm people!
This was just my personal opinion . No offence please!:sorry:
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