A look at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 3 2012 4:36 p.m. MDT

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Michael Chow Associated Press/The Arizona Republic
March 1, 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was created.

The division becomes a part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Other programs that join the U.S. Customs and Border Protection are:
>U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
>U.S. Border Patrol
>U.S. Department of Agriculture
>U.S. Customs service
>Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

July 2003, more than 375 agents were deployed to the northern border.

In 2004, radiation portal monitors are put in place to prevent nuclear and radiological devices entering the U.S. through seaports.

In the same year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined with Food and Drug Administration to be notified of imported at risk food.

Information provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection timeline.
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