Customs and Border Protection agents in Chicago have been running a weekly live, interactive show on public-access cable. March 13, “Customs and Border Protection with Director David Murphy” produced its first episode in Spanish, highlighting the agency’s “Know Before You Go” initiative of international travel information.
CBP Officers Alfredo Rivera and Elvira Diaz on the set.
The episode included a Spanish-speaking phone technician and on-air agents. The program runs on Chicago Access Network Television or CAN-TV Channel 21 Fridays at 4 p.m.
Information for international travels is especially crucial right now because of the revised procedures and requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, which will become effective on June 1, at all land and sea borders.
Guests from past shows have included CBP officers discussing new jobs, travel tips, regulations. Other guests have included representatives from related agencies such as US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
“This program is a must-see,” said David Murphy, director of Customs and Border Protection in Chicago. “It gives the community the opportunity to see the diversity within our organization as well as gives direct access to top Customs and Border Protection officials who can answer questions or hear viewer comments on programs that impact them. There is no other venue like this for communities in the entire nation. Each show is a win-win situation because as the community learns more about who CBP is and how we keep the country safe and secure; it helps to foster a meaningful and accessible relationship with the community we serve.”
Other topics have included national recruitment of CBP officers, admissibility into the United States, counterfeit check scams, marriage fraud, international trade, hurricane relief efforts, human smuggling, international trade and the Obama inauguration.