​“The State of Our Nations Borders”

Mr. Bonner has extensive government service. He was confirmed as the Commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service one week after the attacks on 9/11. Shortly thereafter, as part of the homeland security reorganization, he was appointed by President George W. Bush the first Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the unified border agency to manage and secure our nation’s border. As part of this re-organization, the entire Border Patrol was merged with U.S. Customs and several other border agencies. As Commissioner, Mr. Bonner launched revolutionary initiatives, including the National Targeting Center, the 24-Hour Rule, the Container Security Initiative, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and U.S. Visit, using the broad border authority to protect the country against the threat of global terrorism by preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from getting in the U.S.

As CBP Commissioner, he developed the first national border strategy to secure our nation’s borders and persuaded President George W. Bush to double the size of the Border Patrol. He served as Commissioner until 2006.

Prior to becoming Commissioner, Bonner’s government service includes being the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a federal district judge in Los Angeles, and the United States Attorney for the Central District of California.  A former partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Bonner is currently counsel to the firm and the senior partner of the Sentinel HS Group, a homeland security consulting firm based in Washington, D.C.

He is a member of the board of trustees of Caltech and chairs Caltech’s Audit and Compliance Committee. He is also Chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council for Region One and a member of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s Southwest Border Task Force. He formerly chaired the California Commission on Judicial Performance

CFRW 42nd Biennial Convention
Friday, October 22 2021 - Sunday, October 24 2021 
32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA, 92270, United States

42nd CFRW Biennial Convention - Speaker Highlights

Last Month's Guest Speaker: The Honorable Steve Cooley

"Together we're a collective force that can make a difference"

Join us October 21, 2021 at our General Meeting.  Check in is at 6:30 pm.  Speaker and dinner 7:00 pm.

$20 per member/guest