CBP Commissioner Aguilar to resign

David V. Aguilar, head of US Customs & Border Protection for the last 3 years, is retiring, effective March 31.

US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano issued a statement showcasing Mr. Aguilar’s accomplishments at CBP:

…During his tenure, Commissioner Aguilar led a workforce of over 60,000, including 43,000 uniformed law enforcement officers, focusing on integrated border management, which includes securing our nation’s border from all threats, while facilitating travel and trade.

Under his leadership, attempts to cross the border illegally are down nearly 80 percent from their peak, seizures of illegal drugs, weapons and other contraband are up, and some of the safest communities in America are found in our border states.

He also led CBP to conduct the first West Coast Trade Symposium; expanded its travel facilitation “Trusted Traveler” programs; fully implemented the Anti-Border Corruption Act of 2010 requirement of 100 percent applicant polygraph screening, ahead of schedule; launched two new Centers of Excellence and Expertise and created six more; and worked with our international partners to facilitate international trade and travel.

Commissioner Aguilar has been integral in leading CBP’s modern transformation, leveraging enhanced technology and training, increased Office of Air and Marine capabilities, and advanced information analysis to assist legal travel and trade….

A successor has yet to be named.

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