As you may recall, on September 11, 2001, the United States suffered four suicide terrorist attacks allegedly committed by the Al Qaeda network.
Among them, and the most shocking for its citizens and the entire world, as well as for neighboring countries such as Mexico, was the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, and the extensive damage to the Pentagon building.
These acts led to the creation of a single, unified command agency focused on U.S. border security, and in 2003, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was born as part of the Department of Homeland Security.
Today, 20 years after that tragic event, CPB protects 327 ports of entry, both air and land, including the San Diego-Tijuana port of entry, and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law enforcement agencies with 60 thousand dedicated employees.
"CBP is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks by highlighting the ways in which its operations have evolved over the past two decades," the agency said in a statement, the same one that assured to be in a better position to stop threats.
In recent years CBP has improved its security strategies for entering the United States, including the use of facial biometrics at some border crossings, X-ray machines, etc.
"Every day, the men and women of CBP are committed to protecting our homeland and upholding our nation's law (...) CBP's work makes our country safer and stronger, and serves as a daily tribute to the men and women who sacrificed their lives for others that day," the agency said.
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