Securing the U.S. Border: Insights from Carla Provost, Acting Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

 

Securing the U.S. Border: Insights from Carla Provost, Acting Chief, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 - 15:01
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Along the more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and approximately 95,000 miles of shoreline, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for preventing the illegal entry of people and contraband at and between the ports of entry.

As America’s Unified Border Agency, it works tirelessly to detect illicit trafficking of people, drugs, weapons, and money while facilitating the flow of cross-border commerce and tourism. The border environment in which CBP works is dynamic and requires continual adaptation to respond to emerging threats and rapidly changing conditions. The U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) plays a significant role in making this happen.

How is the USBP securing America’s borders? What are some of the challenges in this area? How is technology being leveraged to meet its mission? Carla Provost, Acting Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol within U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined me on The Business of Government Hour to share her insights on these topics and more. The following is an edited excerpt of our discussion complemented by additional research.

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