Washington—On Friday, September 30, 2016, U.S. Customs and Border Protection leadership met with representatives from the Southern Border Communities Coalition, the Northern Border Coalition, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council, the Women’s Refugee Commission and several Washington, DC-based and border-based non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Mark Morgan, Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen, Operations Support Executive Assistant Commissioner Ronald Vitiello, Law Enforcement Safety and Compliance Director Chief Austin Skero, and Office of Professional Responsibility Senior Advisor Chris Pignone were among the CBP leaders who participated in a dialogue which included recommendations from NGOs and updates on ongoing CBP operational and policy matters. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss public concerns and reinforced CBP’s efforts to be transparent and accountable to the public. CBP meets regularly with community and NGO partners to share information about agency policies and processes.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.