From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Major U.S. businesses urge Congress to act on immigration reform
Date: Thu Jun 12 12:24:24 MDT 2014
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June 12, 2014


Major U.S. businesses urge Congress to act on immigration reform


A group of some of the nation's largest businesses has written a letter to lawmakers asking them to pass immigration reform. The group, which includes chief executives from companies including Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Loews Hotels, Tyson Foods, and about half a dozen others, is urging Congress to strengthen border security and to make it easier for the millions of illegal immigrants in the country to gain citizenship. They also want to make it easier for more low-skilled immigrants to enter the country, as they say they are needed to fill jobs that Americans aren't able to fill.

The Senate passed a bill almost a year ago, but the House has yet to act. Some note that the House, which has been hesitant to pass any such legislation, likely has only a few months to act if any laws are to be passed before this year's mid-term elections. The executives' letter is just the latest push to get Congress to act on immigration.  More 

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

The bill creates a number of notifications and certifications CBP must make to Congress before establishing preclearance facilities at new locations. Notably, any new location must be served by U.S. carriers and CBP would be required to consult with stakeholders, including airlines, prior to entering into an agreement with a foreign government.  More

National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU) President and CEO Dan Berger renewed the call for national standards on data security and breach notification for retailers amid the latest report of yet another data breach, this time from P.F. Chang's restaurants.

"It has been almost six months since Target's data breach, and we still have no new data security standards for retailers," said Berger. "Since Target, there has been a major data breach discovered almost every month. The continued lack of national data security standards is an open invitation to cybercriminals."  More 


San Ramon, CA-based Tiburon, a portfolio company of The Gores Group and a provider of public safety software solutions, has announced the launch of Tiburon 9-1-1 Call Handling with seamless integration to Intrado A9-1-1 Connect.

Tiburon 9-1-1 Call Handling integrates functions within computer-aided dispatch and 9-1-1 call handling to help reduce call taker workflow complexity as well as reduce equipment costs and footprint in the dispatch center.  More    

Melville, NY-based Canon U.S.A., a provider of digital imaging solutions, has announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is commemorating the 25th anniversary of the EOS-1 series, the flagship model lineup of the Company's EOS series of interchangeable-lens cameras that debuted in 1989.  More 


Columbus, OH-based Battelle has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy to help with environmental restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest. The Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract has a one-year base period with four option years and a total ceiling of $30 million.

During the past two decades, Battelle experts have worked with the U.S. government and commercial clients to ensure that environmental remediation work is done to the highest standards. Work under this contract for the Navy Facilities Engineering Command Northwest (NAVFAC) will begin immediately.  More    

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