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. A preliminary estimate was provided by Secretary Johnson in his remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on October 9th. The incomplete statistics were taken off the website because it is important that the numbers released to the American people be presented in context and reflect the full range of CBP's border operations. Since becoming Commissioner, I have made it clear that transparency is my top priority at CBP. Toward that end, CBP will publish its 2014 Fiscal Year in Review as soon as possible.
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.