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Thu, 2014-07-24 05:58 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is accepting applications nationwide for CBP officer positions at air, land, and seaports across the country, the agency says. As a result of funding provided...
Wed, 2014-07-23 09:20 PM
The House has unanimously passed three bills that aim to bolster security at airports, provide oversight of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Office of Inspection, and simplify...
Wed, 2014-07-23 08:02 PM
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested one of ERO's most wanted fugitives last week during a joint operation by ERO...
Tue, 2014-07-22 06:45 PM
The U.S. and Canada have announced the two countries are delivering on key Beyond the Border Action Plan commitments related to joint Trusted Traveler and Trusted Trader programs through U....
Tue, 2014-07-22 03:29 PM
The days of halting trains and unloading contents for inspection appear to be over at the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, where trained operators can now use high-power X-ray scanners to produce clear,...
Mon, 2014-07-21 06:18 PM
A new bill has been introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to stop the surge of children, teenagers, and families from Central America...
Fri, 2014-07-18 02:10 PM
Government Security News is pleased to present the official Roster of Winners and Finalists in its 2014 Airport, Seaport, Border Security Awards Program, which includes many longtime leaders in these...
Tue, 2014-07-15 06:19 PM
U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has intercepted a shipment of snails that later turned out to be a highly invasive species.CBP agricultural specialists at Los Angeles International Airport...
Mon, 2014-07-14 01:29 AM
The Obama Administration has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to combat a dramatic increase in child immigrants crossing the country’s southern border. Of the requested funds, $1.5 billion would go to...
Wed, 2014-07-09 06:06 PM
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s NEXUS program has enrolled its one-millionth member. The program allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to...
Tue, 2014-07-08 06:01 PM
Travelers flying into the United States may need to power up their electronic devices in order to keep them on board, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson...
Tue, 2014-07-08 05:14 PM
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has launched an aggressive Spanish language outreach effort and an urgent call to action to community groups, the media, parents, and relatives in the U.S....

Company News

Karmiel, Israel-based Opgal Optronic Industries has announced new pricing for its revolutionary Therm-App thermal mobile device. The industry's first device for Android phones is now available at a special promotional price of $999. As the promotion ends, the price will be set at $1,600 -- making it the only mobile thermal imaging device offering high resolution night and bad-weather vision capabilities, the company says.

Chesil Beach is located in Dorset, South Coast of England. The shingle beach is approximately 14 miles long and it is part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. The Chiswell settlement and the southern neck of Chesil Beach have been flooded many times. Many sea defence systems and flood drainages have been constructed at the Portland end of the Chesil Beach to try to alleviate the overtopping and flooding problems.

Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for U.S. airlines, has applauded House action requiring U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess the impact future preclearance facilities will have on security, passengers, the economy, and customs staffing at U.S. gateway airports.

Alexandria, VA-based Morpho, a high-technology company in the Safran group providing security solutions, is gearing up to launch SourceID, a handheld device for detecting and identifying sources of radioactive emissions. The new technology it utilizes will make it more powerful than the devices currently in service, the company says.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has announced a multi-million dollar order from Leidos, the prime contractor of the Transportation Security Administration’s Integrated Logistics Support contract, for supplies, parts and services to be provided at some 400 airports across the U.S.

A new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) finds that providing education, health care, law enforcement, and social and government services to illegal aliens and their dependents costs Californians $25.3 billion per year according to FAIR's report, The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on California Taxpayers.

American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), a Billerica, MA-based provider of innovative X-ray systems, has introduced the MINI Z, the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter imaging scanner for fast, portable, real-time detection of hidden organic threats, such as drugs, contraband, plastic guns, ceramic knives, and explosives.

Edgewood, MD-based Smiths Detection has won a contract with the Ethiopian Airports Enterprise to supply a range of conventional X-ray systems for scanning cargo at Bole International Airport in the capital, Addis Ababa.

Commentary and Opinions

“We are entering an era in which unmanned vehicles of all kinds will take on greater importance in space, on land, in the air and at sea” -- President George W. Bush’s address to the Citadel, Dec. 2001.

Dear Friends,

We are a nation built on immigration, and it has made us strong.

My grandparents, like so many others who immigrated to the United States, came to this country looking for a better life and were privileged to pursue the American dream.

Sadly, there are an estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in the proverbial shadows of our democracy.

Over a decade before President Barack Obama described the influx of unaccompanied child migrants to the United States as an “urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response,” child and refugee advocates warned that children who shared experiences of years-long family separation, widespread violence in home countries, and higher rates of neglect and abuse were fleeing from South of our border in alarming numbers. Then as now, over 95 percent were from Mexico and the Central American nations of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

With release of the U.S. State Department's 2014 Trafficking In Persons (TIP) report, it is critically important to focus on facts and tangible progress made on the ground in order to put into perspective the assessment made on each country in combating the global problem of human trafficking, according to the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC.

Understanding the complexities of immigration law and its intersection with criminal law is not easy. Over the past month, a flood of reports about enforcement policies and deportation data have compounded the confusion. Some of these reports were clearly designed to derail genuine and productive conversations around immigration policy reform. Case in point, this week the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) issued a paper that claims over 36,000 “criminal aliens” were released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody.

 

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EADS North America, recipient of GSN’s 2013 Platinum Award for “Best Wide Area Persistent Surveillance”, is one of the largest aerospace and defense companies in the world, as Joe Venezuela points out. Having been involved in border security and maritime security for over 20 years, the company has developed software and hardware solutions that run the gamut from turn-key solutions to individual sensors and custom-tailored solutions for clients in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Western Europe and Asia.

E-Seek Inc, which designs and manufactures bar code readers for verifying drivers’ licenses, was platinum winner in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards in the category of “Best Identification Document Verification Solution”.  With barcodes now being used in drivers licenses issued by all 50 states, E-Seek produces desktop readers as well as a line of compact, portable and wireless readers that are widely used in law enforcement patrol cars, banks, casinos and hospitals.  In a major announcement at the Border Security Expo, Mr.

Textron Defense Systems has a wide range of products for the security market, according to Patti Shaffner, including its aerial ISR system, unmanned aerial systems and iCommand, which brings them all together. But the system that won the platinum award in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for Best Outdoor Ground Sensors was the MicroObserver® Unattended Ground Sensor System, a complete solution containing sensor node, gateway and camera repeater.

John Procaccio, Business Development Manager of Integrated Microwave Technologies, reveals that the company is a designer and manufacturer of mission critical transmitters and receivers used in wireless transmission of videos, and was a platinum winner of the platinum award for “Best Covert Surveillance Solution” in GSN’s 2013 Border Security Awards Program for its “DropCam” product. IMT is a prime contractor for the DHS in Tech-Ops and offers a range of products described by Mr.

According to Bobby Brown, VP for Homeland Security, Telephonics business units include a Maritime Surveillance unit, a Communications unit and an Integrated Surveillance Group, which produces a ground-based Advanced Radar System (ARSS), with 1,600 systems deployed globally.  In recent years, Telephonics has collaborated with Customs and Border Protection to develop a package called the Mobile Surveillance System (MSS) that includes ground radar, pan-tilt cameras and a C2 system, with 44 systems presently in CBP’s inventory.

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New Products

Based upon American Technologies Network’s original PVS multi-purpose night vision monocular, ATN has now developed a unit, the PVS14-3 (1A...

Deposition Sciences, Inc. (DSI), a manufacturer of durable thin film optical coatings, announced on June 16 the design of a...

Fairport, NY-based Bosch Security Systems, Inc. has introduced the GVS1000, which the company describes as the industry's l...

Add Jerusalem-based Identa Corp. to the handful of companies that issued statements in the wake of the failed...