CBP Officer

CBP Officer

CBPGuy

4 Years Experience

SouthWest, US

Male, 25

I am a U. S. Customs and Border Protection Officer on the southwest border between Mexico and the United States. I know the ins and outs of the job as seen on TV/News and things intentionally hidden from the media! There's more to this job than "Anything to declare?" I dont know all but I'll do my best to answer any questions you have! All answers are my opinion, and my opinion only!

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Last Answer on June 16, 2017

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Why did you (or do people in general) opt for a career in Border Protection rather than in more traditional law enforcement (aka cops)?

Asked by CS1981 over 2 years ago

I've discussed with Co workers this very topic over the years, and these are the top reasons that I gathered from them, which I also completely agree with as well.

In no particular order:1. Job security. The federal government always pays it's employees and always keeps them employed. It's very rare that a government shutdown happens, but after its all over we still get our paycheck. I have a lot of local cop friends who get nervous about pay cuts and fear being given a pink slip, especially those in small towns.

2. Pay. We are one of the highest, if not THE highest paid, law enforcement agency in the country. After 3 to 4 years, base pay is $75k. With overtime and differentials that adds to about $120k. That's just 4 years on the job..

3. Location. So yea the first few years might suck on the land border, but once you gain some seniority there's many beautiful places around the world where u can temporarily or permanently move to. Places like Dubai, Hawaii, the Bahamas, England, Ireland, Aruba.

Do CBP officers have a duty to let a traveler speak to a supervisor if they ask to? I've gotten TERRIBLE officers (some of whom seemed to be pretty clueless about my visa type) but didn't want to risk making them angry by asking for a supervisor.

Asked by Paula over 2 years ago

Just like with local law enforcement, you can ask to speak with a supervisor at any time. As an officer and public servant, we are required to notify the supervisor.

Do CBP officers talk politics or debate immigration reform at work, or is that kind of talk off-limits?

Asked by Frenchie over 2 years ago

Politics and Immigration reform are our top topics for the break room. This talk is "supposed" to be off limits in public anyway.

What's the most creative way you've caught someone trying to sneak in drugs?

Asked by bobby over 2 years ago

I think the most creative way I've personally seen was crystal meth hidden inside kinder eggs.

I had posted a question about what you see on the screen when you run a passport. I got a response in the email saying that my answer had been posted, but now i dont see my questions either. Could you please repost the reply.

Asked by Sorry to bug you about this, but did you accidentally delete my question and the answer? almost 2 years ago

I did delete it, I wasn't sure if am allowed to disclose that kind of information. But I will say, you weren't wrong with what you said.

I know you have to declare more than $10K when crossing the border, but are agents allowed to seize it anyway if they're suspicious? And do travelers have to prove to YOU that it's not dirty money? (Having to prove a negative is kinda crazy.)

Asked by 10K over 2 years ago

We cannot seize money under suspicion alone, unless you blatantly tell us the money your bringing is illegally earned. The only time your money gets seized (after you declared it) is if you have been under investigation for a while and Agents have gathered enough intelligence and evidence to provide to the courts to make an arrest. This is a long processes and the majority of criminals who declare money dont even know we have intel on them.

So no, you dont have to prove the money is not dirty. If your money is getting seized even after you declared it, at that point its too late.

After the academy, how much say do you get in where you get assigned? Can you choose geography? How about land crossing vs. airport?

Asked by Theod0re over 2 years ago

After the academy you have ZERO say. When you apply for the job, you can apply for a geographical location. Some of them include Southwest border, Northwest, North East, South East, Florida, etc. When you get "the call" to get hired, they offer an unspecified amount of Port of Entries in that geographical location to pick from. After you pick it, your stuck with it until you do a port swap with another officer (after your fully trained) or re apply and start from scratch. You cannot ask for land border or airport. You can only pick what they offer.