United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). CBP employees manage, control and protect the nation’s border. CBP’s two main stated goals are anti-terrorism and facilitating legitimate trade and travel. CBP works to protect the U.S from acts of terrorism and reduce the vulnerability to the threat of terrorists through a multi-level inspection process. CBP is also responsible for preventing the transportation of drugs, illegal immigrants, traffickers, prohibited agricultural products and counterfeit goods, money, and intellectual goods across the border. CBP is made up of personnel who were formerly with the U.S customs, U.S Immigration, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and the entire U.S Border Patrol.
The Department of Homeland Security was established on March 1, 2003, including the creation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). CBP brought together several different organizations with the responsibility of protecting our nation at its borders, including the ports of entry (POEs) and the border areas between the ports. For the first time in U.S. history, a single agency is now responsible for securing our borders. The CBP was the largest reorganization of our Federal Government in over 50 years.
CBP assesses all passengers flying, driving, walking or arriving by ships into the U.S from abroad in its search for terrorist risks, drugs, illegal immigration, traffickers, prohibited agricultural products and counterfeit goods. CBP has several initiatives in place that help to identify both people and cargo that may pose a threat to the safety of the U.S.
Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Who Is David Aguilar?