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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.

  • Overview

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    An overview of our border security mission.

  • Results

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    DHS has deployed personnel, technology, and resources to make critical security improvements to secure and manage our borders.

  • Trade

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    International commerce is critical to America’s economy, and the entire world.

  • Measuring Effectiveness

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    DHS measures the effectiveness of the border security.

  • Migrant Protection Protocols

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    As of 12:01am on August 25, 2021, the processing at ports of entry of individuals who were previously enrolled in MPP has been suspended.

  • Multi-Layered Defense

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    Learn more about the programs and initiatives of the DHS’s multi-layered defense strategy for securing U.S. borders and ports.

  • Northern Border Strategy

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    The United States and Canada have economic and security interests that rely on safe, secure, and efficient flow of cross-border traffic and securing the border against threats.

  • Protocolos de Protección a Migrantes

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    Desde las 12:01am del 25 de agosto de 2021, está suspendido el procesamiento en los puertos de entrada de individuos quienes fueron devueltos a México bajo el programa MPP.  

  • Southern Border and Approaches Campaign

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    The Southern Border and Approaches Campaign is a unified approach to improve how the Department protects the homeland across our borders.

  • Trusted Traveler Programs

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    Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) provide modified screening for preapproved members, improve security by being more efficient during screenings at ports of entry.

  • Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative

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    WHTI is the joint Department of State (DOS) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to implement a key 9/11 Commission recommendation and the statutory mandates of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 (IRTPA). 

Last Updated: 04/14/2022