Customs and Border Protection

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United States Customs and Border Protection Mr. Angelo, Joseph CJ 355 Jonathan Mesngon July 20, 2014 Abstract This paper explores an overview of the mission and the overall organization of the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It will also discuss the roles and responsibilities of the organization, its history, and how they support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This paper will provide you with facts, highlights, and challenges germane to CBP. You will understand how CBP interacts and operates with the intelligence community and the Armed Forces in order to meet up to their responsibilities. U.S. Customs and Border Protection History The origin of Customs and Border Protection can be…show more content…
On a normal day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while aiding the lawful international travel and trade (CBP.GOV, 2014). Organization From the top of the chart, Commissioner Kerlikowske oversees the dual U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission of protecting national security objectives while promoting economic prosperity and security, while Acting Deputy Commissioner McAleenan is the chief operating official of the 60,000-employee border agency. As the Chief of Staff of CBP, Dr. Kimberly O'Connor is responsible for supporting the Commissioner in carrying out CBP's vital mission of guarding our nation's borders. The mission of these the 60,000 well-trained and dedicated CBP employees is overseen by 14 assistant commissioners, who lead organizations in law enforcement, regulatory, intelligence, technology and other support efforts. The office of the commissioner also oversees executive offices that provide an array of expertise from policy and planning to trade relations and privacy and civil rights (see Appendix A for CBP organizational chart). Within DHS, the organizational structure of the Office of the Secretary was altered under the provisions of the act; the secretary oversees
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