The United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency which is a part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DOHS). Primarily, the CBP is tasked with the regulation and facilitation of international trade; the collection of import duties; and the enforcement of U.S. regulations, among which include immigration, trade, and customs.
As the largest law enforcement agency in the U.S., CBP is comprised of more than 45,000 sworn federal agents, many of whose primary mission is to prevent terrorism, i.e. to prevent terrorists and / or terrorist weapons from entering the U.S. Fighting terrorism, however, is only one of CBP’s primary responsibilities. In addition, the federal agency is also responsible for apprehending individuals who attempt to enter the U.S. illegally.
While the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is responsible for the administrative aspects of all immigration-related matters, CBP is responsible for regulating the physical entrance of an immigrant into the U.S. Whether or not an immigrant is permitted to enter the U.S. will depend on if he or she presents any sort of terrorist threat. Therefore, it is important to understand what circumstances could place you under suspicion, ultimately detracting from your ability to successfully immigrate to the United States.
Individuals who stand to be apprehended by CBP include anyone who attempts to enter the country through illegal means. Among these individuals are persons who are connected to the regular flow of illegal drugs or any other type of contraband; persons with a criminal record; persons who pose a threat of harming U.S. agricultural and economic interests, i.e. persons who carry harmful pests or disease; persons who are believed to be connected to intellectual property theft which could in turn harm American businesses.
In order to fulfill its priority mission of keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the United States, the CBP is charged with three major tasks: border security, trade, and travel.
On land, sea , and air, CBP can be found protecting America’s borders. At ports of entry, all foreign visitors to the country can expect to be screened by a CBP officer.
Trade to and from the U.S. is facilitated by CBP. The two primary purposes of CBP in this area are to ensure that trade is secured from acts of terrorism and to ensure that goods which arrive in the U.S. are safe and have the appropriate duties and fees paid.
In the last year alone, CBP welcomed more than 300 million foreign nationals into the U.S. All travelers are held under the jurisdiction of CBP, including U.S. travelers, visitors, legal permanent residents, and immigrants.
Depending on what type of immigration matter you are attempting to complete will determine how heavily CBP will be involved in your case. Given that the federal government agency is involved in both border security and travel, almost ensures that you will be made to interface with the agency at one point or another.
Take, for example, the fact that CBP Officers are stationed at ports of entry throughout the U.S. This fact alone ensures that foreign nationals who immigrate to the country will be subject to inspection and examination of their person and their cargo. Accordingly, immigrants to the U.S. need to be adequately prepared for the investigations that they will be subjected to upon entering the country.
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