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U.S. Customs and Border Protection chief to speak at USF Thursday

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Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, will be in Tampa Thursday speaking to a University of South Florida criminology class.

According to a USF statement, Kerlikowske will speak to students in a Crime and Justice in America course about the nation’s largest federal law enforcement agency responsible for safeguarding the American homeland. It protects against terrorists and instruments of terror, and fosters lawful international travel and trade.

The federal agency is also looking to get something out of the teach-in. A Customs and Border Protection recruitment team will be in the Marshall Student Center Atrium 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk to potential student recruits about “open career positions within the agency.”

Kerklikowske also plans to talk with the media after the one-hour class that ends at 2: 30 p.m.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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