What is US Customs and Border Protection?
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, is the law enforcement agency responsible for overseeing travel and trade into the country to protect against crime and security threats, including terrorism.
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“As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity,” the agency’s website description states.
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CBP, which falls under the umbrella of the Department of Justice, is one of the biggest law enforcement agencies in the world, boasting over 60,000 employees and a budget of more than $13 billion. It is also the “the second-largest revenue-collecting source in the federal government,” according to the government website.