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Border Security

Protecting our borders from the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful trade and travel, is essential to homeland security, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty.

  • Border Surveillance Systems (BSS)

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deploys Border Surveillance Systems (BSS) to provide comprehensive situational awareness along the United States border for border security and national security purposes, and to assist in detecting, identifying, apprehending, and removing individuals illegally entering the United States at and between ports of entry or otherwise violating U.S. law. BSS includes commercially available technologies such as fixed and mobile video surveillance systems, range finders, thermal imaging devices, radar, ground sensors, and radio frequency sensors.

  • FONSI - Influx of UAC and Family Units Across the SW Border

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), the DHS procedures for implementing NEPA (DHS Directive 023-01, Environmental Planning Program), and the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) NEPA implementing regulations at 40 CFR Parts 1500-1508, DHS prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to evaluate the potential impacts to the human environment resulting from increased Departmental activities necessary to process, detain, and transport unaccompanied alien children and family units who have crossed the southwest border of the United States. The PEA resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

  • 2013 Action Items Progress Report

    21st Century Border: 2013 Action Items and Progress Report

  • Beyond the Border Report: Facilitating the Conduct of Cross-Border Business

    On June 26, 2013, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Canadian Public Safety Vic Toews, and Canada's Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney released a progress report entitled “Facilitating the Conduct of Cross-Border Business.” This report describes bilateral efforts to ensure business travelers benefit from more efficient and predictable border clearance processes.

  • United States - Canada Binational Border Infrastructure Investment Plan

    United States - Canada Binational Border Infrastructure Investment Plan

  • Final PEA for Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at CBP Operational Areas

    In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection prepared this Final Programmatic Environmental Assessment to address the potential effects of establishing Low Energy X-Ray Inspection Systems at various U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operational areas throughout the United States. The purpose of the Proposed Action is to non-intrusively inspect vehicles at CBP operational areas for the presence of contraband, including weapons of mass destruction, explosives, and illicit drugs.

  • Private Sector Resources Catalog

    The Private Sector Resources Catalog, originally released in May 2010, centralizes access to all DHS resources targeted for the private sector including small and large businesses, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations.

  • United States-Canada Joint Border Threat and Risk Assessment

    The United States-Canada Joint Border Threat and Risk Assessment will provide U.S. and Canadian policymakers, resource planners, and other law enforcement officials with a strategic overview of significant threats along the 5,525-mile/8,891-km international boundary between the United States and Canada.

  • Small Vessel Security Strategy Implementation Plan

    The Small Vessel Security Strategy Implementation Plan is designed to manage risks associated with the potential exploitation of small vessels by terrorists in America’s maritime­ - its ports, shores and waterways.

  • Supporting Documentation (Former U.S. Customs Service) for the Categorical Exclusions Detailed Administrative Record

    Environmental Assessments and Findings of No Significant Impact from the former U.S. Customs Service for the proposed categorical exclusions contained in the draft Management Directive 5100.1, Environmental Planning Program.