10:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT

Past Event

U.S. Customs and Border Protection today

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

Brookings Institution
Saul Room/Zilkha Lounge

1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC

With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations, is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the United States while facilitating lawful international travel and trade. And as the world’s first full-service 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.

On April 8, the Governance Studies program at Brookings hosted an event to discuss the agency’s mission, accomplishments, challenges, and future goals. CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske discussed insights from his first year leading the agency. Commissioner Kerlikowske also shares highlights of his vision for the future for CBP, offering new details from his “Vision and Strategy 2020.” The CBP Vision and Strategy 2020 recommits the agency to countering terrorism and transnational crime; advancing comprehensive border security and management; and enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness by enabling lawful trade and travel.