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:
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.