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Video Highlights: CBP's 3 Commissioners Discuss Border Security Challenges Since 9/11

Release Date: 
September 26, 2011

As part of the Sept. 9 remembrance of the attacks of 9/11/2001, current CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin joined predecessors W. Ralph Basham and Robert Bonner for a freewheeling conversation about modern border security.

This unedited version of the roundtable, facilitated by Professor Bruce Hoffman of Georgetown University, examined how the federal government consolidated border security into one CBP in 2003 and how threats to the nation's homeland have evolved over the last decade.

The event was hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C.

The 3 panelists were:

  • Robert C. Bonner - Confirmed as Commissioner of U.S. Customs Service one-week following September 11, 2011. He is now a Senior Principal of Sentinel HS Group.
  • W. Ralph Basham - Served as CBP Commissioner from 2006 - 2010, and is now Principal, Command Consulting Group.
  • Alan D. Bersin - Current CBP Commissioner, he was appointed on March 27, 2010.


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February 3, 2021