U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security charged with regulating and facilitating international trade, collecting import duties, and enforcing U.S. regulations, including trade, customs and immigration. It has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
While its primary mission is preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, the agency is also responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally, stemming the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband, protecting United States agricultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases, and protecting American businesses from intellectual property theft.
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In 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection became the nation’s first comprehensive border security agency with a focus on maintaining the integrity of the nation’s boundaries and ports of entry.
Before CBP, security, compliance and facilitation of international travel and trade were conducted by multiple organizations. The consolidation of these roles and responsibilities allowed CBP to develop seamless security procedures while ensuring compliance with the nation’s immigration, health, and international trade laws and regulations.
With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.
As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.
Chris Magnus is the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In this leadership position, he oversees 60,000 employees, manages a budget of over $15 billion, and ensures the effective operations of CBP’s mission to protect national security while promoting economic prosperity. Mr. Magnus directs the agency’s three core missions, counterterrorism, border security, and trade enforcement while facilitating $4 trillion in trade and facilitating the travel of over 410 million people through ports of entry. He oversees the largest law enforcement agency and the second-largest revenue-collecting source in the federal government.
Customs and Border Protection is divided into the following subtopics:
General Information – CBP
- Web Site
- Deferred Inspection Sites
- Field Operations Offices
- CBP One Mobile App
- Inspector’s Field Manual
- CBP Organization Chart
- Customer Service Center
- Hold CBP Accountable
- CBP Restrictions on Access to Counsel (AIC) (October 2014)
- Use of Force Policy, Guidelines, and Procedures Handbook (CBP Office of Training and Development) (May 2014)
- CBP Use of Force Review: Cases and Policies (Police Executive Research Forum) (February 2013)
- Minutes of Meeting between Customs and Border Protection and AILA/LACBA (October 18, 2010)
- Border Security
- Locate a Port of Entry (includes contact information)
- U.S. Border Patrol
- Border Patrol Sectors
- Know Before You Go: Top Ten Travel Tips (5-22-13)
- Carrier Information Guide
- 3 Simple Steps for US Land Border Entry
- Automatic Visa Revalidation
- Electronic Visa Update System (EVUS) Frequently Asked Questions
- U.S. Citizens/Lawful Permanent Residents
- International Visitors
- I-94 and I-94W
- Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA)
- Deferred Inspection Sites
- Visa Waiver Program
- Clearing Customs and Border Protection
- Trusted Traveler Programs
- Border Wait Times
- Border Wait Times (Canada and Mexico)
- Travel News
- Customer Service
- Biden Appoints New Border Patrol Chief (6-9-23)
- Biden accepts resignation of CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus (11-13-22)
- Report finds agents used improper force against Haitian migrants (7-8-22)
- ESTA Fee Change (5-24-22)
- Senate Confirms Chris Magnus to Lead Customs and Border Protection (12-7-21)
- An Oversight Agenda for Customs and Border Protection: America’s Largest, Least Accountable Law Enforcement Agency (10-12-21)
- Biden decries ‘horrible’ treatment of migrants, promises repercussions for agents (9-24-21)
- Publication of Interim Final Rule Automating Form I-94 (3-27-13)
- CBP Commissioner Bersin Resigns (12-22-11)
- Summary of Laws Enforced by CBP
- Statistics & Summaries
- Fact Sheets
- Media Releases
- Congressional Testimony
- Multimedia Gallery
- News Highlights
I-94 Arrival/Departure Record
- Agency Makes Online I-94 Application, Payment Available to Travelers Arriving at a Land Port of Entry (9-29-16)
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Carl Shusterman served as an INS Trial Attorney (1976-82) before opening a firm specializing exclusively in US immigration law. He is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law who has testified as an expert witness before the US Senate Immigration Subcommittee. Carl was featured in the February 2018 edition of SuperLawyers Magazine.