Customs Border Protection – CBP

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Customs Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Among all of the agencies under the Homeland Security, the Customs Border Protection (CBP) is the largest. Prior to its establishment, the compliance, security and facilitation involving the international trade and travel were performed and managed by various agencies. All these were consolidated to become under the CBP when it was created in 1789.

This resulted in a more efficient enforcement and establishment of a better security procedure that protects the country against immigration violations that promote health, national security, public safety and secured international trade. The employees working for the CBP come from various fields, including public affairs officers, international trade specialists, agriculture inspectors and forensic specialist as among many others.

Customs Border Protection – Authority

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) special agents are allowed to carry firearms which is primarily an H&K P2000 double action pistol with .40 S&W caliber. Its border patrol agents have the authority to perform the following duties:

  • Patrol the borders of the United States
  • Prevent anyone leaving the borders without permission or authority
  • Prevent smuggling and the unlawful entry of illegal aliens
  • Make an arrest on individuals violating the immigration laws
  • To be deputized as a peace officer to bring order within a community

Customs Border Protection – Responsibilities

The air and marine interdiction agents of the CBP has the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Use of marine and air assets in detecting and preventing acts of terrorism
  • To enforce border protection between ports of entry within the maritime domains of the US
  • To enforce the laws on aliens and nationality and the laws on customs under the title 8 and title 19 respectively of the US Code.
  • Prevent unlawful movement of people and prohibited drugs and contraband across the US borders.

The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) primarily investigates crimes related to:

  • Smuggling
  • Trafficking
  • Terrorism

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