Press Release - Tucson Sector PIO
Customs and Border Protection
December 2, 2004

CBP EMPLOYEES RECOGNIZED AT FIRST DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AWARDS CEREMONY

Washington, D.C.-- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner is pleased to announce that Secretary Tom Ridge recognized several CBP employees for their exceptional accomplishments at the first Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary's Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., today.

"There is no more important mission today than protecting our Homeland. Every man and woman engaged in that effort is a star," stated Commissioner Bonner. "But even in the galaxy of Customs and Border Protection there are a few who stand out and must be recognized."

CBP employees receiving awards include:

CBP is one of the operational agencies within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for managing, controlling and securing our borders. CBP's priority mission is detecting and preventing terrorist and terrorist weapons from entering the United States. As such, CBP must secure America's borders but not stifle the flow of legitimate trade and travel though our borders. CBP is also responsible for apprehending individuals attempting to enter the United States illegally; stemming the flow of illegal drugs and other contraband; protecting our agricultural and economic interests from harmful pests and diseases; protecting American businesses from theft of their intellectual property rights; regulating and facilitating international trade; collecting import duties; and enforcing U.S. trade laws.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.


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