Speeches and Statements
Thank you, Tom. It’s great to be in Salt Lake City. I’d like to thank Tom and Bob Weidner, President/CEO of MSCI (Metals Service Center Institute), for inviting me to be here today. Tom and I met in January, and my Executive Assistant Commissioner for Trade, Brenda Smith, addressed AISI’s Board in February – and a lot has happened since then.
It’s great to be here in Tucson. I’d like to thank Geoff Powell and his team for inviting me here, and I especially want to thank Barbara Reilly, who has served the association as Executive Vice President for nearly 18 years.
Barbara will be leaving the association effective June 7 – and her impressive accomplishments include:
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will be in Tucson today to meet with the Board of Directors from the National Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of America and provide remarks at the NCBFAA 42nd Annual Conference. Topics covered will include CBPs coordination with the trade community, ongoing implementation of the Single Window/ACE and the impacts of the Trade Enforcement and Trade Facilitation Act of 2015 and Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Customs Brokerage industry.
I am deeply saddened by the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Jose D. Barraza. Earlier this morning, Agent Barraza, a canine handler, was involved in a vehicle accident with his canine, Vino. Agent Barraza was assigned to the Sierra Blanca Station of the Border Patrol’s Big Bend Sector. Our thoughts and prayers are with Agent Barraza’s family during this difficult time.
Remarks as prepared for April 13, 2016
I’m pleased to be here in Newport – so important to colonial trade and one of our nation’s earliest epicenters of American capitalism.
Today, I’d like to provide a brief update on CBP’s trade facilitation and enforcement mission, and our partnerships with you.
As most of you know, CBP has an incredibly complex mission: facilitating lawful travel and trade while securing our borders and the global supply chain.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will be in Providence today to deliver remarks to the Coalition of New England Companies for Trade. This event will highlight CBP’s commitment to the trade community through a continued focus on trade facilitation. On Thursday, Commissioner Kerlikowske will be traveling to Boston to meet with Boston City Officials, university students, and CBP employees to discuss CBP’s mission and work towards promoting economic vitality, business competitiveness, consumer safety and national security.
Remarks as prepared for April 7, 2016
I am so pleased to be able to participate in the formal inaugural ceremony for the Cross Border Xpress (CBX).
I would like to thank Grupo Aeroporturario Pacifico; Otay-Tijuana Venture, LLC; and all the Mexican and U.S. officials present today.
This beautiful new pedestrian bridge is making history: it’s the first project to unite a site in the United States with a foreign country’s airport.
Thank you. I’m delighted to be back here in Seattle.
I’d like to thank the Monument Policy Group.
Your clients have an excellent advocate in Stewart [Verdery], whose tremendous expertise in security, trade, and travel is complemented by a keen understanding of how Congress works.
Today, I’d like to bring you up to date on CBP – the challenges we face in the areas of trade and travel – and how our partnerships with you – our industry stakeholders – translate into real solutions.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will travel to Seattle today for several events including a townhall with employees at SEA-TAC Airport and to provide remarks at the Nyhus-Monument Policy Forum discussing key federal and state issues in the coming year and how those issues will impact Washington state citizens and businesses.
I am honored to be here on behalf of Secretary Johnson; unfortunately he was unable to attend, but I am delighted to be able to participate in his stead.
I would also like to recognize, MTA Chairman Tom Pendergast, who couldn’t be here with us today, and thank him for his efforts to promote anti-terrorism within the MTA system.
Tragedies like the terror attacks last November in Paris, and in San Bernardino the following month remind us that we are witnessing a constantly evolving threat environment – here and around the world.
Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske is leading the U.S. Customs and Border Protection toward a more transparent and accountable approach to enforcement and workforce integrity, while protecting the public and the men and women of CBP. At the direction of the Commissioner, CBP commissioned independent review of CBP complaints and discipline systems in September 2014 to improve the agency’s accountability and transparency in these areas.
I’m pleased to be able to address two very important industry groups and I want to welcome those of you who are not “local” to our Nation’s capital. I’d like to thank Todd Hauptli, President and CEO of American Association of Airport Executives. I also want to thank Kevin Burke, President and CEO of Airports Council International-North America.
Today, I’d like to tell you about what U.S. Customs and Border Protection is doing in terms of aviation security and travel facilitation.
“On March 14, at about 10 a.m. PDT, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the San Ysidro port of entry were notified by the California Highway Patrol of an individual fleeing southbound in a Ford F-250. CBP officers at the port approached the driver in an attempt to stop the vehicle. The driver failed to comply with verbal commands to stop the vehicle and officers discharged their service issued firearms as the individual drove toward the international boundary at a high rate of speed.
First, I would just like to say: Congratulations to all of our new graduates. It’s my pleasure to join you for the graduation ceremony for the CBP Officer Basic Training Session 393. And it’s an honor to celebrate this occasion with you.
I salute you on your decision to join a law enforcement agency that serves our country with vigilance, integrity, and honor throughout the United States and abroad. I also want to welcome the many family members, friends, and CBP and FLETC employees, who are here to join us in honoring your achievements.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will travel to Glynco, Ga., today to visit the CBP Field Operations Academy and provide remarks at the CBP Officer Basic Training graduation ceremony. To close out the week, Commissioner Kerlikowske will travel to Atlanta on Friday for a roundtable meeting with trade stakeholders, a community engagement event with local business and will provide remarks at an event focused on combatting human trafficking with other federal, state and local law enforcement partners and the travel industry.
Last week, President Obama signed H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 – also known as the Customs Authorization Bill.
This legislation is a major milestone for CBP, as it is the first reauthorization for our agency since it was created under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.
I would like to congratulate U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Kevin A. McAleenan on the U.S. Travel Association 2016 Distinguished Travel Champion Award. This award highlights the outstanding accomplishments of Deputy Commissioner McAleenan and the entire CBP family for championing government-wide initiatives to create a more welcoming environment for travelers coming to America while maintaining the security mission.
I’m delighted to be here in Tampa – and back in my home state of Florida – particularly in February! I’d like to thank Port Tampa Bay for hosting this event.
I’ve been asked to talk about how CBP protects our homeland while ensuring that lawful cargo continues to move in and out of the country.
I am so delighted to be back in my home state of Florida – and especially my alma mater! I remember my years at USF-St. Petersburg with great fondness.
U.S. News & World Report ranks USF in the top 100 best public school in its Best Colleges listings – again. USF regularly finds itself in that prestigious list, and the university’s graduate level programs – including Criminology – continue to rank among the nation’s best in the U.S. News & World Report’s graduate school rankings. It’s clear that USF prepares its graduates for just about any career path.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske will travel to Tampa, Fla. today to speak to students at the University of South Florida, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as part of a recruitment event. Commissioner Kerlikowske will also meet with CBP Explorers in Tampa, a student program for young men and women interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.
On Thursday, at approximately 5:45 p.m., three U.S. Border Patrol agents from El Paso Sector were on patrol in the downtown area, near the Greyhound Bus Station. The agents heard the sound of gunshots and immediately responded. Agents observed a wounded person lying on the ground and a man fleeing the scene on foot between Overland and El Paso streets.
“On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, at approximately 4:20 a.m. PST, a United States Border Patrol Agent assigned to El Centro Sector in California discharged his service-issued firearm while engaged in law enforcement patrol duties in Calexico, Calif. No injuries resulted from the discharge of the firearm. This incident is currently under investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.”
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day. CBP officers are charged with enforcing not only immigration and customs laws, but they enforce over 400 laws for 40 other agencies. The religion, faith, or spiritual beliefs of an international traveler are not determining factors about his/her admissibility into the U.S. Under U.S.
I am delighted to be here to co-sign the Mutual Recognition Arrangement with the Dominican Republic, represented by my host and counterpart of the General Customs Administration, Director General Juan Fernando Fernández.
This mutual recognition arrangement, or MRA, solidifies our countries’ collaboration in securing the global supply chain as we partner with companies here in the Dominican Republic, the United States, and dozens of countries from around the world.
WASHINGTON— Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as Acting Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol beginning Tuesday, following Michael J. Fisher’s retirement.
As the Border Patrol’s Deputy Chief since 2010, Chief Vitiello was responsible for the Border Patrol’s daily operations, including planning and directing nationwide enforcement operations and administration.