The Trump administration has recently most recently named Julie Kirchner as the new Ombudsman for the Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department. Kirchner, the former executive director of one of the nation’s most prominent anti-immigrant groups, will be tasked with improving the quality of immigration and citizenship services and providing individual case assistance to immigrants and their advocates. Despite repeatedly characterizing refugees and immigrants as dangerous and costly, Kirchner will be in charge of handling complaints from immigrants who need help navigating the complexities of the immigration system or who feel they have been treated unfairly by the agency.
The ombudsman is intended to be a nonbiased figure that can provide clear assistance to both immigrants and the Department of Homeland Security, independent from the sway of the agency or White House. In her new position, Kirchner will act in a number of roles, including as a liaison between immigrants and their employers who are unable to resolve their immigration cases. She will also be responsible for submitting an annual report to Congress identifying and offering suggestions to fix systemic issues with DHS.
For ten years, Kirchner was the head of the controversial Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has been designated as a hate group with reported ties to white supremacists and eugenicists. As executive director of FAIR, Kirchner was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization that has become well known for its anti-immigrant policy positions.
Last September, Breitbart, published parts of a statement by Kirchner, who was then an immigration advisor for the Trump campaign after leaving FAIR in 2015. “Before President Obama’s failed presidency comes to an end, he is trying to force Americans to accept 30 percent more refugees–providing ISIS a path for their terrorists to enter the country,” she wrote. “In recent years, hundreds of foreign born terrorists have been apprehended in the United States alone,” a statement that has been proven false. She additionally argued that “instead of providing free healthcare to millions of refugees, we must focus on rebuilding our inner cities and bringing jobs back to America.”
Kirchner has called for drastic reductions of refugee admissions and previously campaigned against the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows immigrants brought here as children to obtain work permits and protects them from potential deportation. During her tenure at FAIR, she helped launch an initiative to end the 14th Amendment’s birthright citizenship provision, which grants citizenship to all individuals born on U.S. soil, regardless of the status of their parents.
The XRHCount delivers exact results within a cycle time of less than 10 seconds.
VisiConsult is known for its innovative X-ray systems for non-destructive testing. For the electrical manufacturing industry VisiConsult has developed the XRHCount. The component counting system for SMD reels delivers exact results within a cycle time of less than 10 seconds. This leads to massive savings in the field of material management. The X-ray system convinces its operators, like the electronic manufacturing service provider DELTEC, because of its efficient functioning. The EMS premium supplier is located in Bavaria, Germany, and produces customized electronical components for the automotive, industrial and medical technic, as well as for renewable energies. Reliability, quality, a good price-performance ratio and the latest technology are the strengths of DELTEC. After a comprehensive side by side comparison of different systems, DELTEC has finally made the decision to use the XRHCount system from VisiConsult.
In comparison to the competition the XRHCount has convinced with highest accuracy of the counting results, a shorter throughput time and its high-quality X-ray software. Additionally, the system comes with free updates, including completely new features, for the whole system lifetime. VisiConsult also reacts fast in terms of special requests, like MES integration, and realizes them. DELTEC’s final decision to take the XRHCount was made because of the “Counting Cloud”. “The data base of the XRHCount covers nearly every component type. Missing component types will be post-trained by VisiConsult”, says Thomas Seidl, purchasing manager of DELTEC. “This function was of high importance for us and could only be ensured by the counting system from VisiConsult. Because of its good usability and reliability, we decided after a short test period to integrate the system into our operating procedures.”
The product portfolio of VisiConsult consists beside the XRHCount of many further X-ray systems for the industry, like systems for the inspection of automotive, aerospace and other components. Furthermore, VisiConsult offers mobile systems for the security sector and retrofitting of old or defect X-ray systems.
The specialist for customized X-ray inspection solutions and automation
VisiConsult is a family owned company located in Northern Germany and the leading specialist for customized X-ray inspection systems. To ensure the renown premium quality all products are developed and produced locally in Germany as turnkey solutions. This leads to cutting edge technology and a high flexibility. Being active in several fields like Non Destructive Testing (NDT), public Security and the electronics manufacturing industries VisiConsult offers a sophisticated product portfolio.
The company philosophy is to solve the customer’s inspection problems with tailored solutions combined with a premium post-installation service and support. More than 25 years of expertise in Automatic Defect Recognition (ADR) and image enhancement for a broad variety of industries combined with experienced engineers result in solutions that set new industry standards. VisiConsult is always looking forward to new challenges and is proud to be known as a reliable partner with sustainable products. Through an international network of trained representatives all around the world a reliable first-line sales and service network is spanning the globe.
Hikvision, the North American leader in innovative, award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today announced its DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System has been named the 2017 ESX Innovation Award winner in the video surveillance category.
"The ESX Innovation Awards recognize innovative technology and excellence in the industry—and identify next-gen products and services that offer significant opportunity for growth and relevance in servicing the marketplace," said ESX chairman George De Marco.
Hikvision and the other ESX Innovation Award winners were chosen by a panel of security industry professionals who judged the products based on features and functions; innovation; end-user experience; ability to solve a problem; revenue growth potential; impact on company value and efficiencies; and compliance with regulations.
Hikvision’s award-winning camera will be featured in the ESX 2017 Innovation Awards Showcase. The ESX security show will take place June 13-16 in Nashville, Tenn.
As an Innovation Award winner, the Hikvision camera will also compete in the ESX TechVision Challenge, a live Shark Tank-style competition, judged by industry experts, which will be held on June 13 at the ESX 2017. David Stanfield, Hikvision product manager, Solutions Products, will represent Hikvision at the event. The winner of this challenge will be crowned Best of Show on June 14.
“We want to thank the ESX panel of industry experts for recognizing Hikvision with this prestigious award,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc., and Hikvision Canada Inc. “We think the DS-2TD4035D-25 Bi-Spectrum PTZ Camera System is a perfect example of Hikvision’s commitment to our integrator partners who need high-end enterprise-level products that meet the most demanding requirements.”
The DS-2TD4035 Series Network Bi-Spectrum Thermal/Optical PTZ Camera Systems feature a high performance 384x288 thermal imaging camera, with 25mm or 50mm lens option, combined with a 2MP CMOS true Day/Night camera with 30x zoom lens and 150 meter infrared illumination to improve the lowlight performance of the CMOS sensor. These systems’ advanced analytics include: line cross; intrusion detection; region entrance/exit; temperature-exception alarms and fire detection. The true power of these systems is the Smart Tracking feature that uses the thermal sensor to capture targets in any lighting condition, while the visible light camera zooms to provide additional information that the thermal sensor cannot provide, and it’s all in one easy-to-install package.
Visit Hikvision Booth #325 at the ESX show in Nashville, Tenn. to see Hikvision’s enterprise-level video surveillance solutions.
Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use.
COPENHAGEN – May 24, 2017. Milestone Systems, the globally leading company in video management software (VMS), showcased the open platform community’s solution power during the packed Milestone Community Days (MIPS) in Dubai in mid-May.
This year’s event theme ‘Together We Make the World See the Future’ reflected a Milestone’s purpose and focus on the combined solution power of the Milestone open community. More than 450 attendees from 46 countries attended and 35 partners exhibited their integrated offerings and services at the Community Innovation Lab.
Danish Ambassador to the UAE and Qatar H.E. Merete Juhl opened the event and visited the partner showcases.
Breakout sessions with Technology and Business Tracks covered topics ranging from future technology to business optimization.
Kenneth Hune Petersen, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at Milestone, emphasized the Milestone community as a force enabler in security and new uses for video technology beyond security. Bjørn Skou Eilertsen, CTO at Milestone Systems, elaborated on this and presented Milestone’s technology vision for the future.
The many visitors had the chance to preview Milestone XProtect 2017 R2. The event also announced the addition of two new business-ready products to the Xprotect 2017 product portfolio, to be released in June.
Attendees were invited to a tour of the Community Innovation Lab, where Milestone Solutions and Technology Partners demonstrated the latest innovations in the industry.
“It was fantastic to experience the vibrant energy from partners and attendees networking at the event.” Said Christian Ringler, Sales Director, DACH, Middle East & Africa, Milestone Systems. “The feedback has been very positive and we are already looking forward to the next version of the Milestone Community Days.”
Sponsor partners for Milestone Community Days EMEA 2017:
- Diamond: Allied Telesis, Fujitsu
- Platinum: iCetana, Pivot 3, Seagate Technologies, Venzo Secure
- Gold: Axis Communications, Fibernetix, Hikvision, IBM, Intransa, NetApp, Scality
Silver: Advancis, Axone Systems, BARCO, Bosch, Dahua, Dell EMC, Ela-soft, G2K Group, Ipsotek, Nedap, Optex, Pablo Niklas, Parking Spotter (Milestone Kickstarter winner), Promise Technology, Quantum, Rasilient, Snap Surveillance, Soliton, Vidsys, XPR Group, Arecont Vision, Commend
ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In its continuing mission to improve every life, 3M announced today the publication of its 2017 Sustainability Report.
The 2017 Sustainability Report covers what the company accomplished throughout 2016 in addressing significant global challenges involving raw materials, water, energy and climate, health and safety, as well as education and development.
The report features stories of 3M products and people that combine innovation with purpose, and covers a wide range of sustainability-related topics, from corporate governance to human rights, employee programs, health and safety efforts and supplier responsibilities. The 2016 edition of the report is also the first to show the progress the company is making on its 2025 sustainability goals, established in 2015.
“3M is continually striving to fulfill our every life ambition. The creation of a new CSR organization, and the launch of this year’s Sustainability Report show our continued commitment to driving both business growth and societal impact,” said Jean Bennington Sweeney, 3M chief sustainability officer. “The stories featured in our report show that a sense of purpose is at the heart of everything we do, from products to policies to partnerships.”
3M created a new Corporate Social Responsibility group, uniting 3M Sustainability and 3Mgives, bringing together an increasingly holistic approach to driving business value and community impact.
3M donated more than $67 million in cash and in-kind donations to support education, community and environmental programs throughout the world.
3M employees contributed 348,000 volunteer hours to life-improving causes throughout the year.
3M was voted as the most preferred potential workplace for millennials, in a survey of students and young professionals in the U.S.
For the fourth consecutive year, Ethisphere Institute named 3M as a “World’s Most Ethical Company.”
For the 17th consecutive year, 3M was selected as a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
Since 2012, the total number of females in management positions at the company has increased 13 percent, reaching 27.8 percent in 2016.
Global renewable energy use increased to 11 percent in 2016.
Global manufacturing waste, indexed to net sales, has decreased nearly 22 percent since 2005.
Total water consumption has decreased 34.2 percent between 2005 and 2016, indexed to corporate-wide net sales.
Global emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) decreased again last year, to 0.154 metric tons per million dollars in USD net sales.
Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced 67 percent since 2002.
3M has published a sustainability report in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework since 2002. To learn more, and to access the 2017 report, visit www.3m.com/sustainabilityreport
At 3M, we apply science in collaborative ways to improve lives daily. With $30 billion in sales, our 90,000 employees connect with customers all around the world. Learn more about 3M’s creative solutions to the world’s problems at www.3M.com or on Twitter at @3M or @3MNewsroom.
First orders received for Aura Ai valued at over A$300K
• New technology used to protect high security government sites
• Aura Ai proposed for more than 15 separate security projects globally
Future Fibre Technologies Limited (FFT) (ASX: FFT), a global leader in fibre optic perimeter intrusion detection systems, has secured orders for its new generation Aura Ai Platform valued at over A$300K.
FFT Aura Ai will be used to protect two high security government sites located in North America.
With FFT’s advanced software detection and classification algorithms combined with cut resilient capabilities, FFT Chief Executive Rob Broomfield said that orders for Aura Ai were gaining momentum following the product’s release at ISC West in Las Vegas last month.
“The response from customers and prospects to Aura Ai’s enhanced capabilities has been very positive with Aura Ai already proposed for more than 15 separate security projects globally. Strong interest has been received from Europe and across the Americas for the protection of airports, utilities and government sites. We are also continuing to pursue new opportunities for Aura Ai in adjacent mining and traffic applications.” Mr. Broomfield said.
About FFT FFT is a leading developer and manufacturer of fibre optic intrusion detection security systems. Deployed by some of the most security conscious industrial, military and government organisations in the world, FFT’s advanced security systems:
- detect and locate perimeter intrusions;
- identify third-party interference on oil and gas pipelines; and
- protect sensitive data network communications cables.
With hundreds of installations in more than 60 countries, FFT has established a solid reputation for delivering highly intelligent, reliable, and award winning intrusion detection solutions. www.fftsecurity.com
For further information contact: Katie Paynter +61 417 057 243
California is once again taking a lead on protecting and integrating its immigrant communities and standing up to the enforcement policies of the Trump administration. The state’s governor and legislators have set an example for other states by making support of its immigrant population of more than 10.6 million foreign-born residents, including 2.3 million undocumented immigrants, a priority.
Proposals to Expand Legal Services for Immigrants
California Governor Jerry Brown’s revised budget proposal includes an extra $15 million to expand legal services for people facing deportation, which would increase the total to $33 million for legal services for immigrants. The budget also includes $3 million for unaccompanied minors and $15 million for the One California project, which helps immigrants in the state apply for naturalization and for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative.
Several California cities have been at the forefront of efforts to fund legal counsel for immigrants in deportation proceedings. Los Angeles established a $10 million fund for undocumented immigrants affected by Trump administration policies, and Sacramento established a $300,000 fund, and Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Oakland have all funded legal representation for immigrants.
State legislators have also pledged to strengthen protections for immigrants in light of the President’s Executive Orders and enforcement activities through these bills:
- One bill in the California legislature would provide $14 million to provide legal training, know-your-rights materials, and mentoring to county public defenders to educate them about the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
- Another bill would create a $12 million legal defense program for immigrants in deportation proceedings who do not have a violent criminal history. Another bill would increase funding for legal counsel for deported veterans.
Providing funding for immigrant legal counsel can have a very important impact on immigrants and their families. Research has found that about two-thirds of immigrants went to court without an attorney, but having a lawyer leads to better outcomes. Immigrants who have a lawyer are more likely to be released from detention, apply for immigration relief, and obtain the relief they seek.
Other Pending Proposals to Protect Immigrants from Overzealous Immigration Enforcement
California legislators are intent on passing legislation to address other aspects of the Trump administration’s immigration plan. The state Senate passed the California Values Act, which would prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using resources to investigate, detain, report, or arrest people to help enforce federal immigration laws. It would also protect immigrants’ personal data and strengthen confidentiality policies.
Another bill passed by the Senate, the California Religious Freedom Act, would try to block the creation of a “Muslim registry” by prohibiting state and local agencies from sharing religious affiliation information with the federal government.
Additionally, the California House Legislature is considering , the Immigrant Worker Protection Act relates to worksite raids and would require employers to obtain a judicial warrant before ICE could access to a workplace. It would also prohibit employers from sharing confidential information, like Social Security numbers, without a court order, and contains other protections for workers in the case of immigration raids.
While other states continue to pass anti-“sanctuary” laws and feed the federal government’s agenda, California has consistently taken a lead on integrating and protecting immigrants, defending human and civil rights, and prioritizing the health and safety of all Californians. Other states would be wise to follow California’s lead and acknowledge the fact that jurisdictions are safer and more economically vibrant when they adopt policies protecting all of their residents, regardless of immigration status.
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On Wednesday, a federal court in Seattle issued a nationwide temporary restraining order allowing nonprofits to continue to provide limited legal assistance to immigrants without being forced to formally represent them in immigration court. The order was issued in a lawsuit brought by the Northwest Immigrants Right Project (NWIRP) after it received a “cease and desist” letter last month from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the agency which oversees the nation’s immigration courts. The cease and desist letter claimed that NWIRP was violating 2008 rules intended to combat fraud and malpractice. These rules require any attorney who “engage[s] in practice or preparation” of an immigration case to formally represent a person in immigration court. With over 500,000 people currently in immigration court, nonprofit organizations don’t have the resources to individually represent every immigrant. Instead, organizations routinely provide limited legal help in the form of “know your rights” presentations, case screenings, and assistance in filling out paperwork.
As NWIRP explained in its motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, the cease and desist letter blocked such work entirely, preventing “NWIRP attorneys from advocating on behalf of unrepresented persons unless NWIRP can commit in advance to assuming full representation of their case before the immigration court.”
The two cases that led EOIR to send the cease and desist letter started with exactly the kind of routine limited legal services that NWIRP provides for hundreds of immigrants in deportation proceedings, including hundreds who are detained at the Northwest Detention Center while awaiting court hearings. One of those involved a NWIRP attorney who helped an immigrant fill out a handwritten motion asking the immigration court to reopen her case, explaining that she had unintentionally missed a previous hearing. The motion included a statement that NWIRP “is assisting [this individual] in submitting this motion to reopen.”
Even though NWIRP had followed this practice for years without any complaint, EOIR’s cease and desist letter demanded that it immediately stop doing so, claiming that the 2008 rule required NWIRP staff to formally take the case if they engaged in any “study of the facts of a case and the applicable laws, coupled with the giving of advice and auxiliary activities.”
This letter sent shockwaves through the nonprofit legal services community. Seventeen nonprofits submitted an amicus brief in NWIRP’s lawsuit, asking the judge to prevent EOIR from issuing similar letters to them. These organizations noted that there are dozens of similar groups around the country that provide limited legal assistance to people who are forced to represent themselves in immigration court, either because they cannot afford an attorney or there are none available to take their cases. These organizations routinely help people in the exact same manner as NWIRP. As the organizations explained, EOIR’s enforcement of the 2008 rule —if allowed to stand—would have a “devastating impact on the vast segment of immigrants who are unable to secure full-scope legal representation.”
At the federal court hearing in Seattle on Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones pressed the Department of Justice’s attorney as to whether it had forfeited any right to go after NWIRP, since “[n]ine years went by with no action” before the letter. He also pressed the government on what it meant to provide an immigrant with “auxiliary assistance,” questioning how a lawyer would know where to draw the line. The government attorney had no clear answer. The government also indicated at the hearing that it intended to send out similar cease and desist letters to other legal services nonprofits.
Faced with the government’s refusal to back down, Judge Jones issued a nationwide restraining order blocking the government from enforcing the 2008 rule entirely. The case will now proceed forward with NWIRP seeking a permanent injunction that would block EOIR from restricting its work.
RESTON, VA May 15, 2017 Govplace, a leading solutions provider for the public sector, and AppDynamics, a leading application intelligence company, today announced the implementation of Infrastructure Visibility and Application Performance Management (APM) solutions for the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The implementation will provide unprecedented precision and real-time visibility into CBP’s digital operations, improving travelers’ experience and helping to enhance safe, rapid and lawful movement of people and goods.
CBP is one of the world’s largest law enforcement organizations and has a significant need for advanced visibility and proactive performance monitoring of mission-critical custom applications. Govplace and AppDynamics will provide expertise and support for the implementation of the AppDynamics Application Performance Management solution and create dashboards that present key performance metrics to CBP.
The AppDynamics APM solution provides patented and uniquely precise end-to-end management of complex and distributed applications, drilling down to individual business transactions. Infrastructure Visibility provides application-centric server monitoring and database metrics from applications to improve performance. The solution will allow CBP to identify performance baselines around various parameters (for example, time of day or day of the week) so that even slight deviations can be automatically detected and addressed proactively.
“With AppDynamics, CBP will be able to dynamically discover and pro-actively monitor business transactions from the end user through the application and infrastructure,” said John Sobczak, Vice President of Sales at Govplace. “The shift to pro-active visibility will enable CBP to efficiently triage potential issues prior to an impact to end users, resulting in improvements to both application performance and stakeholder satisfaction.”
“With these deployments, AppDynamics and Govplace will help CBP meet the rising service expectations of travelers, importers and exporters in a complex global security environment,” said Danny Winokur, Senior Vice President, Customer & Strategic Operations, AppDynamics. “As more trade and travel information is exchanged across systems, the precision and visibility provided by AppDynamics will be critical in fulfilling CBP’s high-profile mandate.”
AppDynamics is the Application Intelligence company. With AppDynamics, enterprises have real-time insights into application performance, user performance and business performance so they can move faster in an increasingly sophisticated, software-driven world. AppDynamics’ integrated suite of applications is built on its innovative, enterprise-grade App iQ Platform that enables its customers to make faster decisions that enhance customer engagement and improve operational and business performance. AppDynamics is uniquely positioned to enable enterprises to accelerate their digital transformations by actively monitoring, analyzing and optimizing complex application environments at scale. Visit www.appdynamics.com for more information.
Govplace is a value-added reseller and systems integrator, exclusively focused on providing the public sector with best of breed products, services and solutions. We bring a unique combination of California innovation and beltway understanding into each engagement to ensure our federal customers are achieving measurable business and technical outcomes. Govplace takes a strategic approach to technology-lead transformation and modernization to improve performance, business and operational efficiency through automation of essential processes and functions to deliver exceptional mission results. Guided by a deep understanding of government contracting, an expansive portfolio of contracting vehicles, and demonstrated expertise in leading technologies and solutions, our core capabilities cover Cloud Computing & Infrastructure, Cyber Security & Privacy, as well as IT Automation & Orchestration. Visit www.govplace.com for more information.
May 15, 2017 Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released five documents designed to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is now beginning a 30-day National Engagement period. The National Engagement period will conclude at 5 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.
NIMS provides a consistent and common approach and vocabulary to enable the whole community to work together seamlessly to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of cause, size, location, or complexity.
The drafts released today include the NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and accompanying Position Task Books (PTBs), the NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, and an updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel. Together, these documents are designed to enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid.
- NIMS Guideline for the NQS provides a common language and approach for qualifying and certifying deployable emergency personnel, enabling enables mutual aid partners to accurately communicate resource needs in disasters.
- NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
- NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs) identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
- The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practice and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
- The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provide national standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel.
FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute engagement webinars to describe the draft documents and answer participants’ questions about providing feedback. All open webinars are geared toward the whole community.
National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure that the final documents reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community. To review the drafts of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, and to obtain additional webinar information, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system/national-engagement. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to [email protected]