What Is Border Security In Homeland Security

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection –
Agency Overview and Career Opportunities The United States Customs and Border Protection exists as a subordinate organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Although U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) did not exist prior to the Homeland Security Act going into effect in 2003, the Customs and Border Protection still possess a rich history of previous forces that evolved into the modern Customs and Border Protection. The mission, budget, and number of employees that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection manages is unique as one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations. The majority of officers employed by Customs and Border Protection are classified as either Border Patrol
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(U.S. CBP Staff, 2016) “CBP assesses all passengers flying, driving, walking or arriving by ships into the U.S from abroad in its search for terrorist risks, drugs, illegal immigration, traffickers, prohibited agricultural products and counterfeit goods”. (allgov.com Staff) With such a broad mission Customs and Border Protection requires more than 60,000 employees to protect the 6,900 miles of borders and provide screening at over 300 ports of entry. As one would expect such a large mission requires a large budget and considering the scale of the mission the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, Gil Kerlikowske, recently requested a $13.9 billion budget for fiscal year 2017, an increase of $686 million from fiscal year 2016’s budget. (Kerlikowske, 2016) According the Customs and Border Protection website, “On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly 1 million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs”. (U.S. CBP Staff, 2016) Over 20,000 Border Patrol Agents are tasked with safeguarding the 1,900-mile southern border with Mexico, and the 5,000-mile norther border with Canada from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, and illegal migration. Border …show more content…
The Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) consists of three components; the Thrift Savings Plan, Social Security, and FERS basic annuity. Health Insurance is available is four programs; Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program, Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS), and the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP). Available life insurance programs; Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), Basic Employee Death Benefit (BEDB) for FERS Employees, and SAMBA Employee Benevolent Fund. Other benefits include; personal leave days for vacation, paid training, ten paid holidays per year, transportation subsidy, and the employee assistance

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