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Securing America's Borders While Safeguarding Commerce

Recorded on September 9, 2003

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

In January 2003, the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP) was created under the Department of Homeland Security. It represents a momentous attempt at giving the United States "One Face at the Border" by combining almost all of U.S. Customs, inspectors from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, and the entire U.S. Border Patrol. The BCBP is also responsible for oversight and implementation of new anti-terrorism measures such as the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Bringing these numerous efforts together under one roof is the BCBP's primary organizational task.

The ultimate goal of this major government reorganization is to ensure that while borders are made safer, trade continues to flow freely and unhindered by excessive security regulations and costs. To learn more about these and other pressing issues, please join us for a talk by Commissioner Robert Bonner of the new Bureau of Customs and Border Protection.