Josh Denmark, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

After recent events of the slaying of the U.S. Border Patrol agent, Deseret News decided to honor those that are protecting our nation. Deseret News compiled information about a typical day that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection employee encounters, and other various history provided by

A typical day
Eric Gay, Associated Press

Last year a typical day for the U.S. Cuustoms and Border Protection agents looked like this:

>>Processed 932,456 passengers and pedestrians, which includes those coming by ship or international air travel

>>Deployed 334 horse patrols and 26,875 vehicles, which includes 487 foreign vehicles.

>>Processed 621,874 travelers entering by land

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A typical day cont.
Eric Gay, Associated Press

Last years agents also:

>>Executed 470 refusals of entry at U.S.

>>Intercepted 49 fraudulent documents

>>Confiscated 13,717 pounds of drugs

>>Carried out 61 arrests of criminals at U.S. ports of entry

>> Took a hold of $345,687 undeclared or illicit currency

>>Seized 470 pest interceptions submitted to USDA at ports of entry

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Ports managed
Russell Gates Associated Press/The Arizona Republic

In 2011, there were 329 ports of entry within 20 field offices that were managed. There were about 60,000 employees for the U.S. Customs and Border protection.

The employees protected more than 95,000 miles of tidal shoreline, 5,000 miles of border with Canada and 1,9000 miles with Mexico.

There were 139 border patrol stations with 31 permanent checkpoints.

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Photo courtesy of: The US Border Patrol

In 2011, the employees for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection program included:

>21,063 CBP officer

>2,312 CBP agriculture specialists

>21,137 Border patrol agents

>1,229 Air and marine officers and agents

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Victor Calzada, Associated Press

The mission statement for U.S. Customs and Border Protection is:

"We are the guardians of our nation’s borders. We are America’s frontline. We
safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders. We protect the
American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror. We steadfastly
enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our nation’s economic
security through lawful international trade and travel. We serve the American
public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism."

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Ross D. Franklin, Associated Press

Though U.S. Customs was established in 1789, it wasn't until 1853 that the U.S. Customs Border Patrol program was put in place.

"U.S. Customs Border Patrol is established when Treasury Secretary authorized the Collectors of Customs to hire customs mounted inspectors for patrol duty along U.S. land borders," according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection timeline.

In 1875, immigration regulation becomes a federal responsibility under a mandate by the Supreme Court, according to the timeline.

Congress established customs agents and special agents in 1879. These employees "were to detect and prevent fraud of the customs revenue," said the timeline.

Jan. 1920 through Dec. 1933, was a hard time for U.S. borders and seacoasts. During that time 20 officers lost their lives from the U.S. Customs Border Patrol division. Also, four inspectors from the U.S. Immigration Service and 24 officers in the U.S. Immigration Service Border Patrol also lost their lives while on the job, according to the timeline.

History cont.
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.

More coverage
Courtesy of: Department of Homeland Security

For coverage on the recent U.S. Border Patrol agent slayings see below.

Agent killed in Arizona

Slain agent, former Provo resident

Family and friends heartbroken over border agent's death

Wounded agent released from hospital

Mexico holds 2 in connection with border shooting

Agent died doing what he loved

Agent was the best dad