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. On Thursday, Commissioner Kerlikowske will give remarks at the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association on the impact of several CBP initiatives on trade facilitation followed by a signing with the Swinomish Tribe of a memorandum of agreement to create a new Enhanced Tribal Card facilitating travel within the Swinomish Territory on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border.
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.