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Gil Kerlikowske Confirmed as Head of Customs and Border Protection

March 06, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This afternoon, the U.S. Senate confirmed Gil Kerlikowske as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

After the confirmation, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement:

“We congratulate Gil Kerlikowse on his confirmation as the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. His years of experience as a law enforcement officer and our nation’s drug czar will help him tackle the daily challenges of this post.

“We hope he will bring additional transparency to Customs and Border Protection, especially when it comes to the agency’s use of force policy. The security of our nation’s borders is also a critical component of the immigration reform discussion, and Kerlikowske will provide the leadership Customs and Border Protection needs to continue to prioritize an effective border security strategy.

“As bipartisan immigration reform moves forward this year, we look forward to working closely with the new commissioner on prioritizing a secure border within the context of immigration reform.”

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