Attributable to John P. Sanders, CBP Senior Official Performing the Duties of Commissioner:
On behalf of the men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we extend our deepest condolences to those who were attacked today while attending services at the Chabad of Poway in California. Hate and violence against anyone because of their race, ethnicity or religion has no place in our society. We have learned that one of our own off-duty Border Patrol agents was present and took actions that may have prevented additional loss of life. CBP will fully support our law enforcement partners who are investigating.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with securing the borders of the United States while enforcing hundreds of laws and facilitating lawful trade and travel.