Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Ralph Basham Biography

Title:
Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Keeping people from crossing the border illegally is a legal issue as well as a matter of national security. We simply must keep people from crossing our borders undetected if we are going to protect our homeland. My agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, belongs to the Department of Homeland Security which has developed a national strategy for gaining control of the borders.

The name of that strategy is the Secure Border Initiative. SBI outlines the need for an increase in the number of Border Patrol agents equipped with the right infrastructure to support them, like roads, lights, fences and barriers, along with technology, like remote cameras on poles near the border and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles overlooking the border watching for border intrusions.”

Answer to the question “With 11 million illegal imigrants living here in the USA. How do we plan to keep them from coming to our country illegally?” “Ask the White House,” Aug. 4, 2006

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), 2006 – Feb. 2009
  • Director, U.S. Secret Service, 2003-2006
  • Former Director, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 2002-2003
  • Former Chief of Staff, Transportation Security Administration
  • Former Deputy Assistant Director, Office of Training, U.S. Secret Service
  • Former Assistant Director, Office of Administration, U.S. Secret Service
  • Former Special Agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office, the Washington Field Office and the Vice Presidential Protective Division, U.S. Secret Service
  • Recipient, Meritorious Presidential Rank Awards, 1992, 2000
Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree, Southeastern University, Washington, D.C.
Other:
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