Thomas Winkowski, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Before the House Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, 'Using Resources Effectively to Secure Our Border at the Ports of Entry - Stopping the Illicit Flow of Money, Guns, and Drugs' [April 5, 2011]   [open pdf - 327KB]

"Chairman Miller, Ranking Member Cuellar, Members of the Subcommittee, it is a privilege and an honor to appear before you today to discuss the work of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), particularly the tremendous dedication of our men and women in the field, both at and between our ports of entry. My testimony today focuses on CBP's operational efforts that are leveraged to combat narcotics, weapons, and cash smuggling along our borders. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to Congress for its continued support of the mission and people of CBP. It is clear that Congress is committed to providing CBP with the resources we need to increase and maintain the security of our borders. We greatly appreciate your efforts and assistance, and I look forward to continuing to work with you on these issues in the future. The creation of CBP, which established a single, unified border agency for the United States, is a profound achievement, and our responsibilities are immense and challenging. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 3,900 miles of border with Canada and 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 2,600 miles of shoreline. In fiscal year 2010, CBP officers at 331 ports of entry inspected 352 million travelers and more than 105.8 million cars, trucks, buses, trains, vessels and aircraft. Each day, CBP officers process nearly one million travelers entering the United States at our air, land and sea ports of entry and inspect more than 47,000 truck, rail and sea containers."

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