Last updated on: 1/9/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) Biography

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.”

“Ask the White House: W. Ralph Basham, U.S. CBP Commissioner,” www.whitehouse.gov, Aug. 4, 2006

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

U.S. Homeland Security’s agency created to “Prevent the entry of terrorists and their weapons while facilitating legitimate travel and trade.”

“About CBP: 101 Presentation,” www.cbp.gov, Dec. 2006

Mission:

“We are the guardians of our Nation’s Borders. We are America’s frontline. We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders. We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror. We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our Nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel. We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity and professionalism.”

“CBP Mission Statement and Core Values,” www.cbp.gov, Mar. 29, 2007

Other:
Government organization