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Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the front-line border security agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the priority mission of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while also facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. CBP prevents narcotics, agricultural pests and smuggled goods from entering the country and also identifies and arrests individuals with outstanding criminal warrants. CBP leverages its enforcement and intelligence-gathering capabilities to execute the mission of border and airspace security. More than 58,600 CBP employees manage, control and protect the nation’s borders at, and between, the official ports of entry. CBP is responsible for protecting more than 5,000 miles of border with Canada, 1,900 miles of border with Mexico, and 95,000 miles of shoreline.

Source: Adapted from U.S. government regulations, "U.S. Government Manual", and "An Overview of the U.S. Intelligence Community"
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