Next week, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is hosting the 2019 Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Conference on “The Path Forward” in San Antonio, Texas. The annual conference hosts hundreds of trade professionals to discuss the latest developments in cargo security, trade processing, and enforcement. Conference speakers share best practices, chronicle lessons learned, identify opportunities, and demonstrate a resolute commitment to solve trade-related challenges.

This year’s conference will be a day of speaking sessions on June 25, followed by a day of workshops on June 26. The keynote address will be delivered by John P. Wagner, Executive Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations for CBP.

According to an official statement and tweet from U.S. President Trump on May 30, the U.S. will impose a 5% tariff on all goods imported from Mexico beginning on June 10. The tariff hike is set to be issued in response to the sustained influx in migrants crossing the U.S. border through Mexico.

In the statement, President Trump asserts that, “Mexico’s passive cooperation in allowing this mass incursion constitutes an emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States.” Last month, more than 144,000 migrants were detained after crossing the US-Mexico border illegally or after presenting themselves at registered ports of entry – the highest number in 13 years.

In response to a recent uptick in migrant apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border, President Donald Trump threatened to close the port of entry in his latest crackdown on immigration. On March 30, Trump tweeted that the next step is to close the border should Mexico fail to stop migrants from entering the U.S.

On April 1, former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielson authorized U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to re-deploy officers at the southern border to assist with managing the recent mass arrival of Central American immigrants. According to American Shipper, CBP plans to dedicate up to 750 officers from its Office of Field Operations to provide emergency immigration assistance along the southern border. On April 7, Kirstjen Nielson offered her resignation to President Trump.