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U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Abbreviation CBP

Patch of CBP Agency Overview Formed Preceding agencies March 1, 2003 • Some functions of the United States Department of Agriculture • Immigration inspectors and the United States Border Patrol • Functions of the United States Customs Service 56,500+ (2008) $10.1 billion (2008) Governmental: Government agency

and enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including trade, drug and immigration laws. Its primary mission is preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. CBP is also responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, stemming the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband, protecting the United States agricultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases, and protecting American businesses from theft of their intellectual property.

CBP has a workforce of over 56,000 employees, including officers, canine enforcement officers, Border Patrol agents, aircraft pilots, trade specialists, agriculture specialists, and mission support staff. There are 317 officially designated ports of entry and an additional 14 pre-clearance locations[4] in Canada, Ireland and the Caribbean. CBP is also in charge of the Container Security Initiative, which identifies and inspects foreign cargo in its mother country before it is to be imported into the United States. The major "offices" operating under CBP are: • The Office of Field Operations (OFO); headed by Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. • The Office of Border Patrol (United States Border Patrol); headed by Chief of the Border Patrol David V. Aguilar. • The Office of CBP Air & Marine; headed by Assistant Commissioner Michael C. Kostelnik. • The Office of Information and Technology (OIT); headed by Assistant Commissioner Charles Armstrong. • The Office of Training and Development. • The Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination; headed by Assistant Commissioner Rodney Snyder. Began operating in September 2007, following the merger of the former Offices of Intelligence and Anti-Terrorism.

Employees Annual Budget Legal personality

Jurisdictional Structure Federal agency General nature Specialist jurisdiction Operational Structure Headquarters Agency executive Website http://www.cbp.gov Washington, D.C. Jayson P. Ahern, Commissioner (Acting) United States • Federal law enforcement • Civilian agency

U.S. Customs and Border Protection[1][2][3] (CBP) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties,


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CBP assess all passengers flying into the U.S. for terrorist risk via Joint Terrorism Task Force and systems such as Advance Passenger Information System (APIS), United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology US-VISIT, and the Student and Exchange Visitor System SEVIS. CBP also works with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to screen high-risk imported food shipments in order to prevent bio-terrorism/ agro-terrorism. Through the Container Security Initiative, CBP works jointly with host nation counterparts to identify and screen containers that pose a risk at the foreign port of departure before they are loaded on board vessels bound for the U.S. CSI is implemented in 20 of the largest ports in terms of container shipments to the U.S., and at a total of 58 ports worldwide. The Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection program allows prescreened, low-risk travelers from Mexico to be processed through dedicated lanes. NEXUS is a similar program on the country’s northern border with Canada. Along both borders, CBP has implemented the Free and Secure Trade, which utilizes transponder technology and pre-arrival shipment information to process participating trucks as they arrive at the border. An agreement with Canada allows CBP to target, screen, and examine rail shipments headed to the U.S. CBP has the authority to search outbound and inbound shipments, and uses targeting to carry out its mission in this area. In conjunction with the Department of State and the Bureau of the Census, CBP has put in place regulations that require submission of electronic export information on U.S. Munitions List and for technology for the Commerce Control List. CBP uses advance information from the Automated Targeting System and the Automated Export System to identify cargo that may pose a threat. CBP also works with the Departments of State and Defense to improve procedures on exported shipments of foreign military sales commodities, and with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to seize outbound currency. CBP Canine Enforcement Program within the OFO conducts the largest number of working dogs of any U.S. federal law enforcement agency. K-9 teams are assigned to 73 commercial ports and 74 Border Patrol stations throughout the nation.[5][6]

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U.S. Customs Service

U.S. Customs Inspectors, late 1800s Responding to the urgent need for revenue following the American Revolutionary War, the First United States Congress passed and President George Washington signed the Tariff Act of July 4, 1789, which authorized the collection of duties on imported goods. Four weeks later, on July 31, the fifth act of Congress established the United States Customs Service and its ports of entry. For nearly 125 years, the U.S. Customs Service was the primary source of funds for the entire government, and paid for the nation’s early growth and infrastructure.[7] Purchases include the Louisiana and Oregon territories; Florida and Alaska; funding the National Road and the Transcontinental Railroad; building many of the United States’ lighthouses; the U.S. Military and Naval academies, and Washington, D.C.

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration inspectors, circa 1924


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Shortly after the American Civil War, some states started to pass their own immigration laws, which prompted the U.S. Supreme Court to rule in 1875 that immigration was a federal responsibility. The Immigration Act of 1891 established an Office of the Superintendent of Immigration within the United States Department of the Treasury. This office was responsible for admitting, rejecting, and processing all immigrants seeking admission to the United States and for implementing national immigration policy. "Immigrant inspectors", as they were called then, were stationed at major U.S. ports of entry collecting manifests of arriving passengers. A "head tax" of fifty cents was collected on each immigrant. In the early 1900s Congress’s primary interest in immigration was to protect American workers and wages – the reason it had become a federal concern in the first place. This made immigration more a matter of commerce than revenue. In 1903, Congress transferred the Bureau of Immigration to the newly created Department of Commerce and Labor. After World War I, Congress attempted to stem the flow of immigrants, still mainly coming from Europe by passing laws in 1921 and 1924 limiting the number of newcomers by assigning a quota to each nationality based upon its representation in previous U.S. census figures. Each year, the U.S. State Department issued a limited number of visas; only those immigrants who had obtained them and could present valid visas were permitted entry. President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the Immigration and Naturalization Service from the Department of Labor to the Department of Justice in 1940.

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CBP Officers conducting traveller examinations W. Bush on January 30, 2006. Basham had 28 years of experience as a law enforcement manager, including serving as the head of the Secret Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He had also served as the chief of staff for the Transportation Security Administration. CBP is currently headed by Acting Commissioner Jayson P. Ahern.

CBP officers are federal law enforcement officers empowered to exercise the authority and perform the duties provided by law and Department of Homeland Security regulations, including making arrests, conducting searches, making seizures, bearing firearms, and serving any order or warrant. CBP officers defend against terrorist intrusion by identifying high risk individuals who are attempting to enter into the United States; stop criminal activities – such as drug smuggling, child pornography (including on computers, cell phones, and other electronic media), weapons trafficking, and money laundering – by inspecting vehicles and trucks; and prevent the undocumented entry of individuals, the smuggling of prohibited goods, and other customs and immigration violations. CBP seizures and criminal cases are investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as CBP’s sister agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. CBP officers are armed with .40 Heckler & Koch P2000 pistols, expandable batons, and oleoresin capsicum pepper spray. They are trained at the Federal Law Enforcement

Reorganization (2003 to present)
CBP became an official agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003, combining employees from the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (specifically, immigration inspectors and the United States Border Patrol), and the United States Customs Service. W. Ralph Basham was nominated to the post of Commissioner by President George


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Training Center, in Glynco, Georgia for 16 weeks. Officers who additionally serve on CBP’s Special Response Team are trained for 6 weeks with the U.S. Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Artesia, New Mexico. In accordance with Public Law 110-161, CBP officers are covered under special law enforcement retirement, and all candidates must be referred for selection for this position before reaching their 37th birthday. All CBP personnel must undergo a background investigation before being appointed.[8]

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• 36th on the job satisfaction index • 35th on the leadership and knowledge management index • 36th on the results-oriented performance culture index • 33rd on the talent management index The low scores were attributed to major concerns about basic supervision, management and leadership within DHS. Based on the survey, the primary concerns are about promotion and pay increase based on merit, dealing with poor performance, rewarding creativity and innovation, and the inability of leadership to generate high levels of motivation in the workforce, recognition for doing a good job, lack of satisfaction with various component policies and procedures and lack of information about what is going on with the organization and complaints from the traveling public.[9][10] In June 2007, CBP Commissioner W. Ralph Basham announced to employees that the agency would be conducting 125 different focus groups in 12 different cities around the country to better understand their concerns as expressed in the Human Capital Survey. The agency is also going to give employees who are not a part of that focus group process an intranet virtual focus group where they can express their views and their concerns. The commissioner stated: "We are looking at this very seriously. We want to hear from the employees, we want to hear from these focus groups, we want to drill down on this survey." A November 2007 Government Accountability Office report showed that low staffing, training, and overwork is a large problem within CBP, and an average of 71 officers leave the service every two weeks.[11]

Agricultural specialists
CBP agriculture specialists are stationed at international ports of entry located at airports, seaports, and land borders throughout the U.S. and along the Canadian and Mexican borders. They are uniformed federal agents with the authority to conduct random inspections of luggage or items entering the country and the power to seize prohibited or contaminated items. Agriculture specialists are trained at the Professional Development Center in Frederick, Maryland for 12 weeks. Most agriculture specialists have a "sensitive" security clearance; however, some specialists working in specialized units have higher security clearances.

Employee morale


CBP officers at a ceremony In July 2006, the Office of Personnel Management conducted a survey of federal employees in all 36 federal agencies on job satisfaction and how they felt their respective agency was headed. DHS (which includes CBP) was last or near to last in every category including;

CBP Air and Marine Intrepid and SafeBoat vessels accompanied on patrol by a UH-1 Huey

Unmanned aerial vehicle (CBP Air and Marine Unmanned Aircraft System) -

CBP agriculture specialists doing lab CBP work BORSTAR canine team conducting


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Vehicle MQ-9 Reaper UH-60 Blackhawk Bell Helicopters UH-1 Huey Beechcraft Super King Air

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Safe Boat International Walk Around Cabin / Safe Boat United International RB-S "Defender" Class States Ford Crown Victoria Ford Freestyle/Taurus X Chevrolet Silverado Chevrolet Tahoe / Chevrolet S-10 Blazer MD Helicopters MD 500 Dodge Ram Van Jeep YJ AM General Hummer Eurocopter Ecureuil United States United States United States United States United States United States United States France

The United States Court of International rappel training Trade found that CBP improperly classified merchandise when it had untrained chemists testifying before the court. The court found that there were errors in the laboratory reports, that CBP destroyed the evidence, and In an article entitled "DHS Decision-Making: the tests used by the chemist did not meet Competence or Character?", James Gierany Daubert Factors.[14] manski states that the fundamental problem National Public Radio’s Morning Edition within CBP is that the agency has weak and reported that CBP radiation-detection equipsometimes flawed management. He says that ment at ports is better at detecting kitty litter DHS and CBP suffer from "seriously flawed than dangerous weapons, and that U.S. bordecision-making", citing the "door only" ders are so porous that congressional investpolicy, radio frequency identification technoigators carrying simulated nuclear materials logy, and lack of focus on exports which con[12] have walked across unchallenged.[15] tain bombs. During a federal court case for unlawful BorderGate, the story the government removal, CBP and United States Department doesn’t want you to read by Darlene Fitzgerof Justice attorneys cited the U.S. Supreme ald and Peter Ferrara states that CBP takes Court case of Garcetti v. Ceballos (04-473), citizens and changes them into "good old [13] which ruled that CBP employees do not have boys", "cronies", and "thugs". protection from retaliation by CBP managers under the First Amendment of the near San Diego, Calif. MQ-9 Reaper



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Constitution. The free speech protections of the First Amendment have long been used to shield whistleblowers from retaliation. In response to the Supreme Court decision of Garcetti v. Ceballos, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 985, the Whistleblower Protection Act of 2007, and the Senate passed its version of the Whistleblower Protection Act (S. 274), which has significant bipartisan support. CBP works closely with its sister agency, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is responsible for long-term investigations of criminal and terrorist organizations seeking to penetrate American border security. These cases include the smuggling of narcotics, goods, weapons, and humans into the United States. Some in Congress, such as Senator Susan Collins (R-ME),[16] have argued that the combined infrastructures of ICE and CBP should be merged into one agency.

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[5] U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Enforcement Program [6] Mission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Canine Enforcement Program [7] History of the U.S. Customs Service [8] http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/careers/ apply/mandatory_back_invest.xml [9] abc7chicago.com: Homeland Security employees rank last in job satisfaction survey 2/08/07 [10] DHS memo reveals agency personnel are treated like "human capital" [11] Stephen Barr - One Tired, UnderTrained, Overworked Face at the Border - washingtonpost.com [12] DHS Decision-Making: Competence or Character? [13] publiser iUniverse BorderGate By Darlene Fitzgerald-Catalan [14] THOM S. ZANI D/B/A WHOLESALE ART & FRAME LTD., Plaintiff, v. UNITED STATES, Defendant. [15] National Public Radio - Morning Edition 1/14/2008 DHS Still Dogged by Questions over Effectiveness. [16] "Merger of ICE, CBP considered". The Washington Times. February 16, 2005. http://washingtontimes.com/news/2005/ feb/16/20050216-123422-2436r/. Retrieved on 2008-07-31.

See also
• • • • • • • • • • • Border search exception Canada Border Services Agency Electronic System for Travel Authorization Federal law enforcement in the United States Harmonized Tariff Schedule for the United States Port security SBInet Secure Border Initiative Supply chain security United States border preclearance United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT)

External links
• U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) • Reports on CBP, Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General • Office of Field Operations (OFO) • Office of Border Patrol (OBP) • Office of CBP Air & Marine (A&M) • Office of Intelligence and Operations Coordination(OIAC) • Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) • U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Department of Homeland Security.

[1] http://www.gao.gov/decisions/majrule/ d08906r.htm [2] http://sandiego.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/ pressrel08/sd070708.htm [3] http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/news/ 2003/new00911.html [4] http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/toolbox/ contacts/preclear_locations.xml

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