Speeches and Statements
As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s continued emphasis on transparency and accountability, the agency has completed the second phase of its body-worn camera feasibility study. CBP is conducting the study to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating body-worn camera technology into CBP’s law enforcement operations in each of its operational environments along the U.S. border: at and between ports of entry, in the air and at sea.
I would like to thank the Integrity Advisory Panel – co-chaired by Karen Tandy and Bill Bratton – for their hard work and commitment to helping make a more transparent and accountable CBP. With the full support of Secretary Johnson, we formed this panel last year as part of the Homeland Security Advisory Council with the intention of having these respected leaders in the law enforcement community provide guidance and best practices based on their experiences leading the most prominent law enforcement agencies in the world. We look forward to reviewing the details of the Panel’s first set
On June 26, a team of agents from the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tactical Team (BORTAC) Special Operations Group were deployed in support of New York State Police’s (NYSP) manhunt for two escaped fugitives. Responding to a resident’s report of gunshots near Malone, New York, U.S. Customs and Border Protection air interdiction agents flew the BORTAC team via two A-Star helicopters to conduct a search of the area.
WASHINGTON—Last week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership met with representatives from the Northern Border Coalition, Southern Border Communities’ Coalition, and several Washington, DC based non-governmental organizations in Seattle, Washington. Leadership from the Office of Border Patrol, Office of Field Operations, and Office of Internal Affairs provided updates on ongoing operational and policy matters.
While on patrol aboard a marine interceptor vessel, Marine Interdiction Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine, encountered a suspected smuggling vessel off the California coast near Encinitas in the early morning hours, Pacific Standard Time. Agents hailed and ordered the suspected smuggler piloting the vessel to yield. After failing to yield, warning shots were fired. After the suspected smuggling vessel failed to comply, the two vessels collided. The smuggler’s vessel capsized, resulting in 20 people going into the water.
Thank you, Duncan. It is a pleasure to be here and to welcome you all to the Ronald Reagan Building, home of CBP’s Headquarters.
My first international trip as Commissioner was to Mexico City in April 2014. That underscores the importance I place on our work with Mexico – and the significance of our ongoing partnerships.
These relationships are vital to our dual mission of border security and facilitation of legitimate trade and travel, and depend on information sharing; joint investment in border infrastructure; and security collaboration.
WASHINGTON—Commissioner Kerlikowske began meetings today on his trip to Brussels and The Hague, Netherlands. During his trip he will meet with his counterparts from the B5 countries of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He will also participate in the Opening of the 125th/126th World Customs Organization Council Meeting where elections will take place for the upcoming term. While in Brussels, Commissioner Kerlikowske will sign a Cooperation Agenda with the Canada Border Services Agency President, Luc Portelance.
WASHINGTON—I am pleased to announce the selection of Matthew Klein as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Internal Affairs. Mr. Klein will the lead the office that includes the recently designated Special Agents with delegated criminal investigative authority.
Thank you, Cindy, for that kind introduction.
I also want to thank the association in general for its continued support of the Border Interagency Executive Council (BIEC), established by Executive Order in February 2014.
Today, I am happy to share CBP’s perspective about the evolution of trade – and, as we all know, evolution is all about change.
Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; but to be perfect is to change often.” Nevertheless, we know that change must be managed carefully in order for it to be effective.
Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Geoff for that warm introduction. It’s great to be here in Orlando – the land of Mickey, Minnie – and, at least this week, ACE and eBond.
Today, I want to talk to you about the important relationship between U.S. Customs and Border Protection and brokers and forwarders. You are integral to CBP’s trade mission, and serve as a lynchpin in our relationship with American businesses. That is why CBP has such a major presence at this week’s conference.
Thank you, Darrell/Mr. West.
I’m very pleased to be at the Brookings Institution, which has such a remarkable history and which is a tremendous public policy resource.
The analysis you do shapes important debates about such a wide range of economic, social, and political issues – ranging from drug policy, to weapons, trafficking to tax reform.
Thank you, Ann, for that kind introduction. Good morning, Chamber members and guests. It is a pleasure to be here and I appreciate the opportunity to speak with you today.
I would also like to thank everyone who is attending “remotely” via webcast. I’m so grateful to be able to reach so many people and share what’s going on at CBP and why it is so important.
The Chamber is vital to our nation’s economic health. As champions of American business, you help U.S. industries compete and lead on the global playing field.
On Thursday, March 19, 2015, at approximately 2:30 p.m. PST, U.S. Border Patrol agents on patrol responded to a sensor activation along the U.S.-Canadian border near Sumas, Washington. An individual was encountered and suspected of having illegally crossed the border. The subject failed to follow verbal requests and displayed erratic and threatening behavior toward two agents who responded.
This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection met with representatives from the Southern Border Communities’ Coalition, the Northern Border Coalition, and several Washington, DC based non-governmental organizations. The meeting highlighted CBP’s efforts in transparency, accountability, and oversight across a number of policy and operational areas. This dialogue with our non-governmental partners is essential to our continued progress on a transparent and accountable CBP. We look forward to continuing our work together.
Good morning, everyone – and thank you, Jerry, for that gracious introduction. It’s great to be back in Florida, where, as many of you may know, I started my career in law enforcement.
Next month will mark my first anniversary as Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Over this past year, I have traveled around the country and the world, seeing first-hand how integral CBP is to our nation’s economic health and vitality, and the safety and security of the global supply chain.
In (fiscal year) 2014, CBP processed more than $2.4 trillion in trade, and approximately 26 million cargo containers, both of which are increases of about 4 percent over 2013. We must continue to transform and modernize our operations to meet these needs, and the predicted growth over the coming years.
As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s continued emphasis on transparency and accountability, the agency has begun the second phase of its Body Worn Camera feasibility study. CBP is conducting the study to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating body worn camera technology into CBP’s law enforcement operations in each of its operational environments along the U.S. border: at and between ports of entry, in the air and at sea.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske begins travel this week in Australia to meet with the B5 countries of Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and Canada in Melbourne. As part of the meeting, Commissioner Kerlikowske and counterparts will provide updates on the progress of the 2014-2015 Work Plan that was developed in June 2014.
On Wednesday, January 21, at approximately 1 a.m. local time, U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rio Grande City Station responded to drug smuggling activity near Chapeño, Texas, just west of Roma. Around 1:45 a.m., as agents secured the narcotics load, one agent searching the area for smugglers came under fire. The agent returned fire, striking one subject. The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, CBP’s Office of Internal Affairs, the FBI, Texas Rangers and Starr County Sheriff’s Office are investigating. U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) disagrees with the Office of Inspector General (OIG) report’s portrayal of the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, managed by our Office of Air and Marine (OAM), which inaccurately portrays the program’s effectiveness, and with the report’s analysis of cost and cost per flight hour data.
CBP’s full response to OIG’s report can be found in the following document: CBP Response to OIG UAS Report.
I am writing to clarify the status of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Air and Marine (OAM), unmanned aircraft system (UAS) acquisition plans.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Todd C. Owen as Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations (OFO). He is expected to assume his duties in February 2015.
Mr. Owen will oversee operations and programs that support CBP’s complex and diverse mission, including national security, traveler admissibility and immigration, customs, and commercial trade, including the CBP Officers and Agriculture Specialists who serve at 328 U.S. ports of entry and 16 preclearance locations overseas.
Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will travel to Recife, Brazil to participate in the World Customs Organization 72nd Session of the Policy Commission as the Head of Delegation for the United States. The Policy Commission was established to act as a steering group to the WCO Council.
- Thank you, Chairman Negroponte, for your gracious introduction. Your leadership and vision have been extraordinary throughout your career in both the public and private sectors. Congressman Cuellar, Congressman O’Rourke, and distinguished Council members and guests—Good morning. It is an honor to be here with you today.
- The Council of Americas’ work is critical to our region. Your ardent support of free trade agreements was instrumental in the conception of NAFTA, and CAFTA—both of which have helped the Americas achieve economic growth and prosperity.
Each year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection publishes annual statistics summarizing border security and facilitation operations. CBP personnel gather and analyze hundreds of statistics from the agency's multiple law enforcement databases, verify the data, and then organize it for publication. This year, some of CBP's data was posted on the website prematurely and removed later that day. One of the statistics released was the number of Southwest border apprehensions by the Border Patrol, which was 479,371.
On behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, I would like to congratulate the law enforcement team responsible for arresting Eric Frein, the man suspected of killing Corporal Bryon Dickson, a Pennsylvania State Trooper, in early September. Cooperation between all of the Federal, State and local partners and perseverance were central in apprehending the suspect. I commend the CBP team of Border Patrol agents and Air and Marine pilots, who joined in the seven-week search for the suspect after a direct request for support from the Pennsylvania State Police for their unique set of skills.