President Barack Obama publicly recognized the prompt and effective work by CBP officers in apprehending a suspect in the recent Times Square attempted bombing in New York City. CBP officers at John F. Kennedy Airport on May 3 discovered the suspect's intentions to flee the country and captured him after he had boarded a plane.
CBP's critical coordination with its law enforcement partners-in addition to the vigilance, professionalism and commitment of its employees-resulted in this successful outcome. President Obama phoned CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin to personally thank and congratulate agency personnel for their job well done and the day before had praised law enforcement response. (Video: President Praises CBP Personnel in Arrest of Bombing Suspect)
Before a speech at the Business Council, Obama addressed the bombing attempt and the subsequent arrest:
"Around the world and here at home, there are those who would attack our citizens and who would slaughter innocent men, women and children in pursuit of their murderous agenda. They will stop at nothing to kill and disrupt our way of life. But once again, an attempted attack has been failed.
"It has failed because ordinary citizens were vigilant and reported suspicious activity to the authorities. It failed because these authorities-local, state and federal-acted quickly and did what they're trained to do.
"I've had the opportunity to personally thank some of the citizens and law enforcement officers whose quick thinking may have saved hundreds of lives. And this suspect has been apprehended because of close and effective coordination at every level, including our Joint Terrorism Task Force and U.S. Customs and Border Protection," Obama said.
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.