Gil Kerlikowske

  • Acting Homeland Security boss decries ‘vile’ Facebook posts

    Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan is calling callous, sexually explicit posts on a Facebook group “disturbing” and “inexcusable.”

  • Lessons from border patrol could pave way for more federal officers wearing body cameras

    Customs and Border Protection has been testing body-worn video cameras for its officers, and has passed along the lessons it’s learned to other agencies.

  • Gil Kerlikowske: Body worn cameras? CBP is already there

    Customs and Border Protection, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, has been testing body worn video cameras for its officers, putting it ahead of other agencies mired in camera rule making. CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikoswke gives Federal Drive with Tom Temin an update.

  • Gil Kerlikowske: Cracking down on internal corruption at CBP

    The largest federal law enforcement agency needs more agents to investigate its own. The Integrity Advisory Panel at Customs and Border Protection is calling for nearly 350 new internal affairs investigators to root out what it calls “systemic corruption.” The group’s report also urges officials to revise some policies and recommends specific restrictions on the use of firearms. Gil Kerlikowske is the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with his reaction to what the advisory panel is recommending.

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    When President Barack Obama issued his executive action on immigration, a lot of the work fell to the Homeland Security Department. Customs and Border Protection certainly received its share thanks to new rules for deferred actions on parents of Americans and lawful permanent residents (DAPA). Part of that work means making sure illegal or undocumented immigrants understand the rules and who they apply to. Gil Kerlikowske, the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how CBP is handling the executive action.

  • 5,500 women apply to join border patrol

    Customs and Border Protection received more than 5,000 applications from women to join the border patrol. The hiring surge is part of a CBP effort to bring more women into all levels of the agency, CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection

    Customs and Border Protection has been steadily increasing its number of agents. But recently the agency commissioned a recruitment drive aimed at boosting the ranks of female agents. Only about 5 percent of CBP’s 21,000 agents are women. But with more and more women trying to cross the Mexican border, CBP officials think having more women agents could help. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske spoke with Tom Temin on the Federal Drive about the agency’s push to hire more female agents, starting with the results of its recruitment drive.

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    You might say Customs and Border Protection had a busy summer. The agency had to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors. Tens of thousands of them flooded across the Mexican border. CBP handled all it with limited funding. It also faced claims that agents used excessive force at detention centers and against people trying to cross into the United States illegally. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the next steps.

  • Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    More than 3,000 Border Patrol agents are working along the Texas-Mexico border as the nation deals with a surge in illegal immigration. Before President Barack Obama declared the influx of unaccompanied children and teenagers a humanitarian crisis, Customs and Border Protection was already in need of more hands. It had announced plans to hire 2,000 officers. Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to give a close up view at the stresses on the border patrol.

  • New strategy to combat drug use brings agencies together

    The director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy Gil Kerlikowske shares the new national strategy to combating drug use