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Congressional Staffer Academies


The CBP Congressional Staffer Academy (CSA) is a semi-annual outreach program designed specifically for Congressional staffers. CSAs provide an informative, hands-on opportunity for staffters to build and expand their knowledge of CBP's complex border and national security responsibilities. CSAs are held twice each year, alternating between the Southern and Northern borders. In the past, CSAs have been held in Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; El Paso, TX; Buffalo, NY; Rio Grande Valley, TX; and Detroit, MI.

CSA Instructors from the Office of Congressional Affairs as well as Field Operations, Border Patrol, and Air & Marine Operations explain in detail  the who, what, when, where, why, and how of CBP operations, including demonstrations of the tools, weapons, and enforcement techniques CBP agents and officers use on a daily basis. Each CSA is a unique experiences based on the participants and the location. Each location has individual operational aspects, just as each sector, station, or port of entry along our border has a unique set of factors and challenges that affect CBP operations there. 

CSAs feature instructors from Field Operations; Border Patrol; and Air & Marine Operations. This collaboration demonstrates the existing, real-life overlapping law enforcement roles of the CBP component offices and showcases CBP's layered approach to national security.To learn more about CBP's Congressional Staffer Academies, please contact the Office of Congressional Affairs at (202) 344-1760 or OCAInquiry@cbp.dhs.gov.

Last Modified: September 22, 2020