Term used under the US Immigration and Naturalization Act. "The Act defined "entry" in part as "any coming of an alien into the United States from a foreign port or place or from an outlying possession, whether voluntary or otherwise." Section 101(a)(13) of the Act (1994). The term "entry" centrally references a physical event—the act of crossing into the United States. The term has come to be understood, however, as any physical entry or crossing over into the US, whether by a citizen or alien. Since that understanding is consistent with the meaning of the German term, Einreise, the two words can be seen as near or full equivalents.