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
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.